Are you happy with your diet? What does nutrition mean for you? How important is to plan your nutrition? How much time do you spend on finding new healthier recipes? Is there anything you would like to change about your food habits?
Nutrition is very important part of our life like rest, exercise, fresh air, water, relationship with our Creator, temperance. It is essential to enrich yourself with body building foods. We need to find the right body fuel so that we could enjoy living. This will not only reduce the risk of common diseases but will empower us with good energy.
Let us remind ourselves what nutrients our bodies need:
- Trace Minerals
- Antioxidants and phytochemicals
And that brings us to the essential food groups that are:
|Cereals and Grains||Foundation of our diet! The best is wholegrain cereals and grains. They are rich in dietary fiber and complex of carbohydrates.|
|Fruits and Vegetables||Should include a good balance of both, that are the richest sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.|
|Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds||A wonderful source of protein along with minerals, vitamins, and other protective elements.|
|Dairy or fortified equivalents||This is a vital source of important nutrients, including calcium and vitamin B12. If you are practicing vegan diet make sure you take it in a sufficient supplement form.|
|Fats, Oils, Sweets, and Salt||These foods are required in a very small quantities. Chose unrefined products to get higher benefits.|
Please be aware that if you want to have a balanced plant-based diet it is very important to select a variety of foods color, texture and flavor. This ensures that a wide range of nutrients to support a healthy body and it will also give the pleasure of eating. Secondly, the food quality matters a lot. It is much more valuable to eat wholegrain and unrefined products because they are nutrient-dense. Otherwise you will be eating calorie-dense food that can increase your weight. Following that, it is important to balance your diet and the energy we expend during the day. Obesity is a great problem if we do not control our food intakes and physical activities. There must be a balance for that. Next is moderation. There are foods that we should be taking in moderate quantities, like fats and salt. Finally, highly processed food has no nutritional value and should be avoided as much as possible like sodas, alcohol and coffee. You can make your own non-alcoholic cocktails, change coffee to substitutes made from roasted cereals like barley.
It is simply fascinating that God gave such an abundance of good food for us! And he wants us to treasure our bodies that we could enjoy our relationship with each other and with him. Planning and eating only plant-based diet could take a good amount of time but once you find the right ingredients and recipes it becomes your lifestyle and easy way to maintain a healthy body. To add, there are so many vegetarian and vegan cafes nowadays that you could also enjoy your meal outdoors with friends and get inspired to try new recipes, new tastes.
Take your time to invest in your nutrition and experience a much happier life.