It is only fair to balance out this website with the scientific approach to nutrition.
Eating a healthy diet is needed to keep the body functioning at its optimal level and to avoid diseases. There are lots of reasons we don’t eat healthily – finances, ignorance, upbringing being just a few. But you definitely are what you eat and an example of healthy eating would be the following:
- Eat a wide range of food which will contain a variety of certain nutrients
- Eatwhole food rather than refined food
- Avoid junk food and empty calorie drinks, such as fizzy drink, juices and alcohol
- Eat regular meals and nutritious snacks
- Eat, as much as possible, local, organic food
Also it helps to live a healthy lifestyle which would include:
- Exercising regularly and practising meditation for the body and mind
- Don’t smoke
- Reducing the intake of drugs and antibiotics (where it can be avoided)
The nutrients that our bodies need in order to function are:
- Fats (lipids, saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated)
- Vitamins and minerals
The four main food groups that we need are:
- milk or dairy products (for vegans these would be fortified products such as soya and soya products).
- meat inlcuding all types of meat and fish (for vegans and vegetarians the alternatives are legumes and pulses).
- Fuit and vegetables.
- Bread and cereals.