If I asked: Why do you eat? Quite a good number of people will say because we are hungry. There is much more to this answer because it is not just about eating to quench your hunger but eating healthy foods that have nutrients that are capable of helping your body function properly. You have a choice to make here, and the purpose of this piece is to try, as much as possible, to assist you in making healthy eating choices through the healthy eating guidelines we want to share here.
Healthy eating guideline will help you choose the right variety of foods – foods that will contain the right amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. These foods will guarantee you a strong and healthy body where the burden of sickness, and under or over-weight will come under your control. Here we go:
1. Your healthy food diet should comprise 60% vegetables; 20% fruits; 10% carbohydrates and 10% proteins. Your proteins should, inter alia, come from meat, milk, fish, egg and beans. Your sources of carbohydrates should be cassava, rice, potato, millet, etc. Your minerals and vitamins would come mainly from vegetables and fruits respectively. Such vegetables and fruits include lettuce, cabbage, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, celery, garlic, etc and orange, lemon, banana, watermelon, apple, guava, etc respectively.
2. Your healthy food intake should achieve and or maintain 80% alkaline – 20% acid balance. The 20% acid comes from starchy or carbohydrate and protein foods while the 80% alkaline is from fruits and vegetables. The optimum acid-alkaline range (pH) for human tissue falls between 7.35 and 7.45. Outside this range comes sickness.
3. An equally good healthy eating guideline that you can implement lies in the acid-alkaline balance. This you can achieve by pairing one starch with several vegetables at one meal; one protein with several vegetables at another meal; and having fruits as in-between-meal snacks. Combining carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables in one meal takes too long a time to pass through the digestive system resulting in excessive gas formation and increase in dangerous toxins and acids.
4. Your diet should have 60% raw foods (fruits & vegetables) and 40% cooked foods (carbohydrates & proteins). Raw foods contain all the nutrients, fiber and enzymes. Foods are cooked to kill harmful bacteria; improve palatability; and enhance digestibility. It is advisable that you eat raw foods before cooked ones.
5. Do not eat fruits with grains or vegetables. The combination stays longer in the stomach and forms acid. Fruits are best eaten alone in the morning on an empty stomach.
6. Space your meals out appropriately. Take your next meal when the previous one has been digested and assimilated. Don’t forget: over-eating or under-eating places a strain on your body and your health.
7. If you must eat in-between meals, let it be plenty of fruits and vegetables.
The ultimate benefit of sticking with this healthy eating guideline is that you will enjoy a healthy body and a healthy living. It might surprise you that you may achieve all these within your budget. Get started today, and get committed.