Today’s generation is very conscious about being healthy and eating healthy. However when we go to buy our groceries, we get confused. The market is flooded with so many products that claim to be healthy. For breakfast we can choose between cornflakes, oats, skimmed milk, fruit juice and brown bread and all of these claim to be healthy.Sometimes we also need to satisfy our taste buds and indulge in fast foods/unhealthy stuff such as Pizzas, Parathas and Burgers.
It is important to keep a balance and eat food that meets our daily requirement of energy and nutrition. It is estimated that an adult need 1500 – 2000 Kcal of energy each day. We can get these calories by eating burgers, soft drinks or chicken tandoori or by eating home made Chapati, Fish, Dal and Vegetables. There is no doubt that the second option is healthier as it also meets your daily requirement of protein, vitamins, carbohydrate and fibre.
- Eating healthy does not involve depriving your taste buds but it involves cooking food in a way that these foods retains their nutrition. Instead of eating a burger at McDonalds, you can make a burger at home by making a small chicken tikka in Soya bean or Sunflower oil and topping it with substantial portion of vegetables.
- Eating healthy involves avoiding all processed food. During processing & packaging the vital nutrients of food is lost. You must only eat freshly cooked food.
- Eating healthy means eating food rich in Vitamin-A. Vitamin-A is necessary for your eyes , bones and muscles.Vitamin-A is found in milk and chicken. The most common type of pro-vitamin A is beta-carotene found in fruits.
- Eating healthy requires drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water.Lack of water in your body can lead to dehydration and affect the functioning of different organs in your body. Dehydration can also lead to a weak digestive system.
- Eating healthy involve taking Vitamin and minerals supplement if our normal diet is not able to provide those vitamins & minerals. Due to our busy & fast paced life we often do not take care of our daily diet and this can weaken our immunity. It is important to take diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Eating healthy requires giving up smoking and alcohol. They do not contribute to your health in any way and often cause many health problems.
- Eating healthy does not mean dieting. Our body needs food to be able to perform its daily work. Many people wrongly associate being healthy to being slim. Obesity is definitely not healthy but more than being slim it is important to be fit. If you are slim but get tired climbing 2 floors by stairs then you are not healthy. Dieting imply eating the right diet as per your body mass and not depriving your body of food. Our body needs carbohydrates, proteins, fibres, fat ,vitamin and minerals for its proper functioning and growth.If we cut down on them drastically then we may also get sick.
- Eating healthy means avoiding Trans fat. There are some good fat such fats available from nuts – almond, cashew and pistachio and then there are bad fat or Trans fat which is abundant in fast foods such as pizzas, burgers and other food fried in unhealthy oils.
- Finally eating healthy means feeling healthy. If you remain tensed or depressed all the time, eating healthy will not contribute positively to your health.