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Are you Eating a Balanced Diet


 

Are you Eating a Balanced Diet is the Question?

 

No doubt you have seen and heard most of the News and Media output about the need for people to lead healthier lifestyles and the key to all that is a combination of Diet and Exercise. Taken individually Diet or Exercise is not always understood so it means both together are even less understood. People will say “when I exercise it gives me an appetite so I then eat more” and conversely people will also claim “When I diet to any extent I no longer have the energy to Exercise” so I put on weight.

What is the magic formula that’s easy you exercises to the point of pushing up your heart rate therefore you burn more calories and you muscles get more supple and stronger, but you only eat the sort of foods that appease your hunger but do not add unwanted  calories to your requirement’s.

Now there are no such things as super foods good well prepared and cooked or raw foods come in many varieties and we are fortunate that our supermarkets have an abundance of them many in their natural state many ready or pre prepared for your convenience.

I have heard stories about the colour of our Fruit and Vegetables play an important part not only in Diet terms but probably just as important the presentation and appeal of meals, there is what is called the “Rainbow Diet” also often referred to as the “Mediterranean Diet” a sort of colourful and interesting healthy combination of Meat, Seafood, and Vegetables according to season, also incorporating Fruit, Dairy and Fats.

Now that seems to be a combination that should satisfy just about everybody’s preference , taste, or fancy, regardless of them being Vegetarian, Vegan, or have some allergy or aversion to certain items.

Apparently the humble Pizza is recognised as being a good combination for the majority of people just as long as there is no excessive use of Fat, Sugar, or Salt. This is Due to the Pastry Base, then a combination of Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Red, Green and  Yellow peppers, Garlic, Sweetcorn, or Peas, with possibly some lean meat, seafood, and fish and cheese.

In Rainbow terms White Foods: (Mushrooms, Onions and Garlic) at some level contain  beta-glucans and lignin’s reported to be good for immune boosting qualities and balancing Hormone levels.

Red Foods: Tomatoes, (Red Bell Peppers, Radishes and Beetroot) all contain lycopene, ell argic acid, and Hesperidin, or Quercetin, reported to be good for reducing blood pressure and resisting some cancerous agent while aiding good cholesterol levels.

Orange Foods: (Carrots, Butternut Squash, Mangoes, Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Peppers, Sweet Potatoes) all contain beta-carotene, flavonoids, lycopene, and potassium with vitamin C that assist with collagen formation, alkaline balance, or work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.

Green Foods: (Asparagus, Broccoli, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Peas, Cabbage and Kale) contain Chlorophyll, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, and vitamin C that all help to reduce cancer risks, normalize digestion, plus support healthy vision and fight free radicals to boost your immune system.

Blue and purple Foods:  (Black Salsify, Plums, grapes, Purple Cabbage, Egg Plant and Raisins) all contain trace elements and nutrients similar to the other Vegetables that help to lower LDL cholesterol, boost the immune system, fight inflammation, or act as anti- carcinogens in the digestive system.

In another article we will go into Meat, Fish and Poultry, plus some cooking methods and maybe suggest some examples for you to try