This article emphasizes how important it is for a balanced diet to accompany a healthy lifestyle. In future articles, more specific information about the nutrients we require, and their benefits, will be discussed.
Diets are unique to individuals because everybody has different needs and exercise levels. Therefore your diet is something that changes with your lifestyle. It is important to remember that if your energy intake is greater than your energy expenditure, this can lead to weight gain.
Being overweight can result in health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes as well as having an impact on your bone health. Therefore achieving a healthy weight is important and this can be achieved by regular exercise and a balanced diet.
Exercise can be included in your daily lifestyle as well as attending exercise classes by going for walks, or a bike ride and you can even increase your activity by taking the stairs rather than the lift when you have the option!
The World Health Organisation (2013) supports balanced diets as they are considered to be a very important step towards protecting the body against certain diseases. A balanced, colorful diet is not only a step towards a healthy lifestyle but aids weight control and healthy development of the human body.
Balancing your diet is one aspect of healthy eating but the challenging part for most people is the amount consumed and controlling snacking. It takes time to develop and maintain a balanced diet, there is too much to consider making changes over night. Small changes are less overwhelming and easier to adjust to therefore more likely to maintain the changes.
Eating healthily does not mean you have to be stick thin and stop eating all the foods you enjoy most, instead it is about variety, moderation and achieving optimum health. Being underweight can be detrimental to your health too, remember.
Recipe suggestion | Tomato Pasta Sauce & Vegetables (serves 2)
This has been chosen to incorporate the idea of eating colourful foods. There are numerous pasta sauces available but why not make your own! Use this sauce with wholemeal pasta or rice and chicken to make a delicious dish.
1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 red onion 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced or crushed 2 teaspoons of Worcester sauce 160g of broccoli florets 160g of broad beans or frozen peas 1 red chilli thinly sliced 1 tin of red kidney beans 100g of rocket Salt and Pepper to season
In a saucepan add chopped onion and heat until onions soften. Then add tinned tomatoes, broccoli, peas and tin of red kidney beans. After 5 minutes, add garlic, Worcester sauce, red chilli and salt and pepper. Cook on a medium heat for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once plated up sprinkle the rocket on top. Enjoy!