If you want to follow a healthy lifestyle, some words or typically used terminology may be easier to understand and make your own, if it’s put into context in a practical way. These four words will be a good start.
To have an even distribution of things or when things are in the correct proportions – that’s the general definition of balance.
And this is indeed one of the most important aspects of a healthy way of eating. Make sure that there is an even distribution of food from the different food groups throughout the meals in a day. This will ensure that you include all the important nutritional elements on a regular basis. Remember to make portion control part of this way of looking at your plates of food.
You may very well know the expression: ‘variety is the spice of life’. This is equally true when it comes to our meals. Keep your plates of food colourful to ensure that a good variety of tastes, textures and nutrients are all part of what you eat. We eat with our eyes first, so if it looks good, it’s already more appealing. This way, you may just find that you enjoy your food more, as it will indeed be more interesting and satisfying.
One mistake people often make, is to think that a healthy lifestyle only consists of do-nots, may-nots and what to avoid. In reality – the other side of the coin is as true. There are many ingredients which you should deliberately choose to ensure that your meals are indeed healthy. Think of the good oils, (see below), enough fibre from veggies, fruit and unprocessed starches and even different sources of protein. Avoid overly processed and artificially sweetened and preserved foods.
Until recently, we were advised not to eat too much fat or oil. Too little emphasis was however placed on the type or quality of oil, so some people just avoided it at all costs. Now we know that it’s more important to also be aware of the kind of fats you get from different ingredients. The healthier options are fats found in nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado and oily fish, like sardines or mackerel. We still need to consume these in moderate portions, but they play an important role in a healthy and normal metabolism.
Remember, that the word ‘diet’ may just as well be removed from your vocabulary. Cooking from the heart and the recipes in the three books, are all focused on a way of life, how and what to cook and to make the best choices for a healthier lifestyle – definitely not to go on any diet!