The Fundamentals of Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love.
We all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to maintain a healthy body.
By using these easy tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create and stick to a delicious, and nutritious diet that is as useful for your mind as it is for your body.
Protein gives you energy also supporting mood and cognitive function. Too much protein can be harmful to people with kidney disease. That doesn’t mean you have to eat more animal products a variety of plant-based sources of protein each day can guarantee your body gets all the necessary protein it needs.
Fat. Not all fat is the same. While bad fats can ruin your diet and increase your risk of certain diseases, good fats protect your brain and heart. In fact, healthy fats such as omega-3s are vital to your physical and mental health. Including more healthy fat in your diet can help improve your mood, and even trim your waistline.
Fiber. Eating foods high in dietary fiber (grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and beans) can help you stay regular and lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also help you to lose weight.
Calcium. Not getting enough calcium in your diet can lead to anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. Whatever your age or gender, it’s vital to include calcium-rich foods in your diet, and get enough magnesium and vitamins D and K to help calcium do its job.
Carbohydrates are one of your body’s main sources of energy. But most should come from complex, unrefined carbs like vegetables, whole grains, and fruit rather than sugars and refined carbs.