Eating is difficult. That may seem like a strange sentence, but it’s true. Of course ‘eating’ isn’t difficult. It’s easy to head to the fridge or the local shop and just tuck straight in to whatever meal or snack you’re craving. What’s difficult, of course, is knowing what on earth we’re supposed to be eating.
The internet is both a blessing and a curse in this regard. Never has there been such a massive database of information in the entirety of human history, but even though recipe books have become almost redundant when faced with the mighty power of Google search, the solution to what our diet should actually contain remains a mystery to most of us.
Sometimes mass information is a good thing, but sometimes the conflicting views become a little too much. We’re often left wondering which nutrients we actually need in our diet, whether we should take a certain vitamin supplement because we’re missing something in our meals or whether meat is slowly subjecting our bodies to health problems.
It’s time to take a deep breath and count to ten.
The problem is that we all want quick solutions, when the real answer to a healthy diet is balance. Most of the supposedly ‘bad’ food that people eat isn’t bad in and of itself, but it becomes detrimental to your bodily health when coupled with a lack of exercise or a lack of healthy foods in your diet. Everything needs balance.
Of course, this is the problem. What’s healthy? Some people claim meat is brilliant, as it’s packed full of protein, whereas others might berate some meats for their link to diseases. Some might dismiss sugary foods, whereas others suggest that it can have a positive effect on the mind and energy levels. Of course, in both these cases, everything should be eaten in moderation and your body needs variety; you need many different vitamins, nutrients and mineral, but this need needn’t be so daunting. There are foods you can add to your diet which will help you to have a more balanced routine and indulgence in some treats now and then without guilt.
You could supplement some foods for nuts.
Despite common belief, it’s okay to eat ‘some’ of most unhealthy foods. Obviously, all people are different and it must ultimately be a matter of personal choice based on your lifestyle and the rest of your diet, but meat in itself is fine. Eating red meat day in and out can be detrimental to your health, but experts suggest that even replacing one helping of meat with a healthy nut-based food, for example, could do wonders for your health in the long term.
You don’t have to give up meat. There are very few foods which you should ever feel pressured to give up within your diet, actually. Not even chocolate. It’s all about moderation and balance. If you’re struggling, you don’t need to, because we live in a world full of smart people. Organisations have been working tirelessly for years to develop foods which cover all the nutritional bases whilst actually tasting edible: http://www.nutsnco.com.sg/.
There are foods which can help take the headache out of your diet.
Again, a diet should be a routine and not a 2-week programme which makes you ill before you eventually return to your original diet. Knowing how many calories you should consume, or how much iron you need in your diet, is exhausting and most of us don’t have the energy to eat dozens of fruit or vegetables every day just to reach a certain ‘quota’.
However, the answer is much simpler than that. Superfoods are incredible foods packed full of vitamins and nutrients that you need on a daily basis and most of them can be easily implemented into your existing diet. Cucumbers and broccoli are too simple examples; foods which may already be within your diet.
Eating healthily is much easier than you might think. It’s not about starving yourself; it’s about supplementing a few foods that you may be over-eating with something good to balance out your body.