Simple principles on how to eat healthy
There is so much conflicting information about eating healthy food and diets that one can easily become confused and overwhelmed.
There isn’t an exact diet or eating program to follow that will suit all people because everyone is different and we all have different nutritional requirements. A person’s age, exercise activity, stress levels and hereditary factors all determine what nutrients a person needs.
To keep things simple here are a few principles to follow that will get you on the path to good health:
- Cut out processed foods, foods made from ground flour. This includes white bread, pastries, bread rolls, pies and biscuits. If you are going to eat confectionary foods rather go for gluten free or at least wheat free options.
- Cut out sugar. This includes: fizzy cold drinks or anything which contains sugar (sucrose). There are some good sugar substitutes one can use such as xylitol, stevia or agave nectar.
- Cut out alcohol. Alcohol drains many nutrients out the body and can put strain on the liver if consumed in excess.
- Eat more plant based raw foods. This can be as simple as having at least one salad every day or even juicing raw veg in the morning daily. It is important to change the salads and juices so that one doesn’t become bored.
- Eat more whole foods. Whole foods are unprocessed or unrefined foods which are free from additives. Examples: nuts, veggies, brown rice, quinoa, beans, meats (optional) and fruits.
- Eat at least 3 meals per day. Eating regularly helps to keep one’s blood sugar levels regular however skipping meals can cause problems with blood sugar levels which can lead to other health problems.
- Eat healthy fats. You can get healthy fats from plant based foods such as avocadoes, nuts and seeds. Try cooking with coconut oil instead, it’s much healthier.
- Drink water. Drink 1.5L to 2L of water per day. It is recommended that you get a water filter for your kitchen tap and drink only filtered water.
Note on Alkaline foods and Juicing Veggies
Certain foods influence whether a person‘s body is predominantly acidic or alkaline. It has been discovered that when a person’s body is in an alkaline state, disease is less likely to occur. Juicing veggies and fruit daily is an easy way to get extremely nutrient dense food into your diet. Most veggies are alkaline foods and most fruits are acidic foods. It is recommended that you use 90% veggies and only 10 % fruits when juicing.