Do you struggle through each day feeling tired or stressed? Are you trying to improve your health, but continue to hit brick walls? Do you think there’s something wrong with your wellbeing, but you’re not sure what the issue is?
While feeling healthy and happy is often the result of a combination of things – and if you’re concerned you really should talk to your doctor – one of the keys is what you eat. A poor diet can lead to tiredness, fatigue, concentration issues and poor sleep, while a good diet can increase your energy levels and vitality.
But what constitutes a good diet? And how can you eat your way to better health?
If you’re not food-wise you probably don’t have a clue, but the good news is that a healthy and balanced diet isn’t all that difficult to achieve. In simple terms, all you need to do is:
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. You may have heard of the five vegetables and two fruit a day recommendation and this is good advice. One serve of fruit is 150 grams or about a fist-sized; one serve of vegetables is 75 grams, about half-a-cup of cooked vegetables or one cup of leafy greens.
- Ditch the white toast and refined pasta and start eating whole grain foods. Foods like brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, whole-grain breads and barley.
- Eat protein such as lean meats, fish, eggs, lower fat dairy, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- Drink water – it’s free!
Of course, it’s not just what you put in your bodies, it’s also what you shouldn’t:
- Limit highly processed foods in your diet. These are foods that are significantly changed from their original food source and have limited nutrient value. Let’s face it, you don’t find potato chips, lollies or biscuits growing on trees!
- Some processed foods are okay, though, such as frozen vegetables, cheese and dried herbs. Generally, the more processing, the more you need to avoid it.
- Try to eliminate sugary drinks from your diet. They have little or no nutritional value and are empty calories. Yes, that includes fruit juice.
Make the effort to change your diet and you should start to see results in a few weeks. You’ll most likely start to have more energy and feel less tired. You’ll sleep better and will feel more relaxed.
Just as important, your long-term health is likely to improve if you stick with it. It’s been proven that a healthy diet can improve cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, help you manage your weight, and reduce your chances of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
See this Body and Soul page for three Ayurvedic recipes, that follow the principles of good eating.
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