Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

Nutrition: Finding The Right Way  To Eat

I wish every a Happy New Year 2019,  May the year 2019 bring a lot good luck and all your wishes may come true as well. What have you thought about eating healthy and staying healthy, well, I have put together my views and plans to eat healthy and stay healthy for the year 2019 on this blog, Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat.

Nutrition: Finding The Right Way To Eat

Nutrition: Finding The Right Way To Eat

They say the key to healthy eating is to avoid food that has a TV commercial. But, it doesn’t end here. Nutrition science is one of the most confusing subjects with so many conflicting information. When you go online to find out the right nutrition to follow, you end up with lots of competing theories. You might have come across articles that talk about the benefits of one thing and in the very next article says the opposite which they claim is totally proven. Take eggs for example. Some nutritionists suggest eggs are good and nutritious, whereas some suggest eggs contain too much cholesterol. Confused already? So let’s find out what is nutrition, what are some of the nutritious food and the right way to eat.

What is Nutrition Anyway?

Every now and then we find tips and bits of advice on Instagram, Facebook or Google about what are some of the nutritious food you could consume to stay healthy.

So, what is nutrition anyway?

Nutrition is all about eating healthy and a key to good mental and physical health. But defining healthy eating is not that easy. Because every individual is unique and what works for one person may not work for another. So getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy food and maintaining a balanced diet is important. Finding a balanced diet helps you get the essential nutrients like carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Check out my previous blog on various diets you could follow.

Your Body Needs Essential Nutrients

Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

Our body cannot make or synthesize nutrients on their own. The prime source of finding those essential nutrients are the food that we eat. These essential nutrients are further categorized as macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients include protein, carb, and fat which provides the source of energy for the functioning our cells. Whereas micronutrients include vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are known for its contribution to weight gain. But do not fall for a low carb diet plan unless it really works for you. Because carbohydrates are the main energy source that fuels your body. Some of the popular food sources include rice, wheat, grains, sugar, starchy vegetables, milk, and others. I would suggest going for whole grains and fruits, which actually are risk-free and helps maintain the blood sugar level.

Protein

I am a big fan of seafood and different types of meat. Apparently, those two are rich in proteins. Protein is one of the most essential components which is responsible for building and the maintenance of our tissues. Food sources such as low-fat meat, seafood, eggs, dairy and grains are rich in protein.

Fats

Fats have a bad reputation, but finding and including the right amount of fat in the diet can do wonders. Fats are responsible for many body functions like muscle movement and blood clotting. Some of the food sources include chocolate, nuts, seeds, cheese and, red meat.

Vitamins

If you or a loved one is pregnant, then you might already know how important vitamin is for the body. Vitamins are micronutrients which are important to stay away from health problems. There are 13 different vitamins with all of them having different roles to play in the proper functioning of the body.

Real Food is Healthy Food

Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

Nutrition: Finding the Right Way to Eat

We get to hear all the time, people asking whether I should restrict my diet, should I avoid meat or starchy vegetables or cut fats, carb or sugar. Knowing what you should eat and making smart choices while selecting the food that you want to eat is the key. This is where the “real food” takes over.

Real food is anything that is in its original state, which is mostly unprocessed. Basically, it is single-ingredient food rich in nutrients and free from all the preservatives. Over the last few decades, processed food has become their primary choice as it is more convenient to get or cook. Before processed food became part of our lives, our grandparents used to have a time when they grew or raised and cooked and consumed. That is the real food I am talking about. Here are some of the examples of real food:

Meat and Fish

Meat and fish definitely go into the top of my list. These are a good source for protein and healthy fats required for your body.

Eggs

Eggs are incredibly nutritious. Loaded with nutrients like proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, the egg is considered as “superfood”.

Dairy

When I say dairy, I am not talking about processed dairy products. Milk, Yogurt and cheese are super rich in calcium and an important source for Vitamin D. Which is why they say a healthy breakfast should always have milk.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of our diet. Studies suggest that people who regularly eat fruits have a lower risk of many chronic diseases. Being low in fat, salt and sugar, fruits and vegetables is important for a well-balanced diet.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are great sources of protein and fiber. It helps with the slow rate of digestion, lower the cholesterol level and nourishes the red blood cells.

Whole Grains

Some of the modern day diets claim that eating whole grains is not a good idea, especially if you are looking to lose some weight. Yes, consuming refined grains is probably not a good idea as you might gain weight. But whole grains, on the other hand, has got many health benefits. They are high in nutrients like fiber, vitamin, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants.

You are What You Eat

Now back to little basics. The saying “You are what you eat” is literally true. Our body has trillions of cells that are constantly functioning to keep us going. These building blocks help in the proper functioning of our organs and tissues. So, how do these cells get the raw materials required for this?

It is the food that you eat. The food that you eat supplies all the nutrients and healthful substances needed for your health and helps in improving the quality of life.

Lets try out this wonderful Quinoa & Cucumber Salad Recipe

Apple & Cucumber Salad

Apple & Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • Quinoa -100 gms
  • Olive oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Water – 250 ml, hot
  • Brown onion -1/2 sliced
  • Cucumber -1/2 sliced, deseeded
  • Ice berg lettuce -1/2 shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet, add quinoa and stir fry
  2. After a minute, add hot water
  3. Bring to a boil, then let cook on a slow simmer.
  4. Let it sit outside and cool down.
  5. Take quinoa and all other ingredients and gently toss together.
  6. Adjust the seasoning and serve.

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Bone Appetite & Happy Cooking!

 

6 Comments

  1. saurav sharama says:

    superb blog, thank you for the insight.
    thank you

  2. Gurtej singh says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, very useful info. Thank you

  3. Ishara Shashikala says:

    Excellent blog, good quality content, really appreciate your effort in dishing out such amazing blogs. Thank you

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