To be sure you get your fill of nutrients that are essential to good health, it is important to eat a varied and balanced diet: fruits and vegetables, favouring fresh and seasonal products, as well as fish, chicken, eggs, carbohydrates, legumes, dairy products and high-quality vegetable oils. Above all, cook it yourself! Why? Researchers find that people who eat home-cooked meals on a regular basis tend to be happier and healthier. They consume less sugar and fewer ready-made meals that are often high in fat. This can result in higher energy levels and better mental health.
Cooking varied meals is a really good way to set good dietary habits, but we also have to take into consideration the quantity of food we eat. Of course, meal portions vary according to age, amount of physical exercise and appetite. On one hand, it is really important not to be hungry after having eaten. On the other hand, it is pointless to eat more than you need because it can have an impact on your health.
It has been proven that neglecting some types of food for too long can end in starvation. Moreover, even a varied but excessive diet can cause long-term illness, especially obesity. Variety itself does not prevent excess weight gain.
A regular adapted diet combined with physical exercise help reduce many health problems. Indeed, food imbalances and physical inactivity are the two main factors in type 2 diabetes and obesity. These diseases, which are occurring more frequently, raise the risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes), cancer, and joint disorders such as osteoarthritis. This disorder pushes people into becoming sedentary, causing a vicious circle.
Balancing one’s diet is not just for one meal or one day, but for at least an entire week at a time. That is why there are no prohibited foods or miracle foods. It is simply a matter of choice and quantity over the long term. In this way, if you eat a greasy dish one day, you can easily compensate for it by eating lighter and more balanced dishes the rest of the week. So continue to treat yourself and eat what you like as long as you avoid excess in either way.