Let's Define Healthy Eating, Shall We?

We talk a lot around here about healthy eating, but it recently pertained to my attention that we may not all always share the same definition. With a lot of different meal plans and diets out there, it truly does not come as a surprise that meanings vary, however, it is necessary that we’re all on the very same page as we move forward together in our healthy eating journey.
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Although its possible for individuals to eat well by incorporating a variety of various foods and strategies, I think we ought to have a standard, basic standard to start with. That method when we start to leave track, we know ways to get back to where we wish to be.
Many various companies have made their reasonable attempt to specify this often subjective term. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), healthy eating means:
  • aiming for an energy balance and a healthy body weight
  • limiting energy usage from complete fats, with most of our consumption coming from unsaturated fats rather of filled fats
  • consuming more fruits, veggies, vegetables, entire grains and nuts
  • consuming as little basic sugars as possible
  • making sure our salt is iodized, and limiting our total consumption of salt/sodium
  • consuming enough essential amino acids to offer ‘cellular replenishment and transportation proteins’
  • consuming essential quantities of vitamins and minerals
  • avoiding directly toxic and carcinogenic substances
  • avoiding usage of foods that are infected with human pathogens

Similarly, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 describes what a healthy eating plan need to resemble by stressing:

  • incorporation of fresh fruits, veggies, entire grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products
  • inclusion of lean meats, poultry, fish, nuts, eggs and beans
  • low salt, low fat, low cholesterol and added sugar foods
  • proper calorie intake

But if all of these standards seem a little too overwhelming, we might also point out Michael Pollan’s extremely simple definition of ‘Consume Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants.’ My meaning falls someplace in the middle of all these guidelines being thrown in your direction. ‘Eat a range of nutrient-rich foods that taste great and attempt not to consume too many foods that contain too much sugarcoated, fat, sodium, or cholesterol. ‘ Getting the right amount of food to fulfill your energy needs is necessary. So is getting a wide range of nutrients into your day. By focusing on nutrient-rich, basic, basic foods and integrating them at meals and treats, you are setting the stage for a healthy, nourishing life. Keep in mind, packaged foods that have little nutritive value, and yes, low-calorie foods are commonly in this category, are not going to do much for your body. Amp up the nutrition by sticking to the basic food groups and mixing and matching them to your heart and tastebuds pleasure. If you wish to dig deeper into what healthy eating implies or resembles here at Around the Plate, be sure to get our healthy eating manifesto! Download it for FREE here!

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