No matter what age group you belong to, it is vital to have a balanced diet to stay healthy. Eating a balanced diet on a day to day basis means that you will be consuming a huge array of beverages and foods from all the main food groups. Although, there are quite a few food items that you will need to eat in moderation. Foods such as: butter, breads (mainly white), white sugar, sodium, and saturated fats. The key to getting a balanced diet is to eat nutrient dense foods which contain tons of vitamins. Lean meats, nuts, fruits, and vegetables are all highly suggested.
Eating all organic and natural foods is recommended for maximum energy production and overall healthiness. Next time you are in your local grocery store, look for fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Avoid canned and processed fruits and vegetables at all costs. If you are having trouble finding fresh veggies and fruits, then see what you can find in the frozen section in the store that has no sugar added. Your best bet is to purchase your fruits and vegetables from a local farmer or produce stand. Local farmers usually grow non GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods with little or no pesticides. Below I will list nutrient dense fruits and vegetables that you should eat on a daily basis.
- Bok Choy
Things to avoid with Fruits and Vegetables:
- Added Sugar
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables
- Corn Syrup
Okay, moving on! Besides your fruits and vegetables, you will need to pick out some fresh whole grains. These foods are mostly bread and pasta and are extremely important for getting your source of complex carbohydrates and natural healthy fats. When purchasing your whole grain bread and pasta you will want to make sure it is labeled organic or 100% natural.
Things to avoid in whole grains:
- Corn Syrup
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (Corn Sugar)
- Refined Sugar
- Trans Fats – (Partially Hydrogenated)
Another important part of having a balanced diet is to partake in eating dairy products. Dairy products contain many healthy fats and fatty acids needed by the body. Once again, the best way to obtain the healthiest form of dairy products is from a local farmer. I do understand many people do not have the option to deal with farmers. If this is the case for you head on down to your favorite grocery store and pick out an all organic milk carton or if available, raw milk. Raw milk tastes the same as regular milk but has many more helpful enzymes and pro-bacteria due to the absence of the pasteurization method. Next you will want to pick up some organic cheese if you are a cheese lover. In my opinion, I think cheese is only good on pizza. But to each their own! Lastly, you will need to get all natural butter. Never Never Ever buy margarine. Margarine is very close to actually being a form of plastic and is left untouched by bugs and many animals. That alone should tell you that it should not be in your stomach.
Things to avoid in dairy products:
- Corn Syrup
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Trans Fats
Last but not least, we have proteins. Beans, nuts, seeds, fish, and chicken are encouraged. Most local grocery stores will have these specific foods that are all natural and minimally processed. Beans, nuts, and seeds have excellent amounts of proteins, zinc, magnesium, and healthy fats. Fish, ummm delicious. There is a little secret that most people do not know about fish. Many fish like tuna have levels of mercury in their meat that we consume on a daily basis. The bigger the fish, generally, the more amount of mercury the fish’s body contains. Why fish can be very refreshing and nourishing for our bodies, I would advise you to not eat fish more than a few times a week. Also, you will want to make sure that the fish you purchase to eat is not canned and is wild caught, not farm raised.
Things to avoid with proteins:
- Metal Cans (Metals leak into food) – Canned foods contain high levels of fluoride.
- Saturated & Trans Fats
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
Well that covers all the main food groups and some of the hidden health dangers that lurk behind them. Make sure that you eat the above listed nutrient dense foods on a daily basis to maintain your natural health. If you can’t get all your nutrients needed from food alone don’t worry, there are many cost effective supplements that will get the job done.
A Healthy Balanced Diet