3 Simple Ways To Know What Food Is Best For Your Body
Wondering if the foods you’re eating in your diet are really as healthy as you think they are?
If you’ve been working hard in the gym and want to make sure that all that work pays off, you need to be fueling your body well.
But, how do you really now if what are you are eating will serve you well?
Are there guidelines that you should know and follow?
Forget the so-called Healthy Eating Pyramid, there’s a simpler, more common-sense way to decide what food to put in your stomach.
If you don’t want to become a slave to calorie counting, the following guide to healthy eating can help you ensure what you are putting into your body will serve you well for the hours to come.
1. The Single Ingredient Guideline
The first guideline to use is the single ingredient guideline. This one basically states that you should only eat foods that have a one ingredient.
For instance, take a cereal bar vs an apple. Only the apple is a single ingredient. It’s pure and wholesome.
The cereal bar, on the other hand, has been through a whole refinement process and will be far less than nutritious for your body.
It’s been stripped of its nutrients and if anything, will just cause a blood glucose spike followed by a crash.
It’s far less ideal for your healthy eating plan.
By choosing just single ingredient foods only, chances are you’ll not only improve your health, but decrease your weekly shopping costs in the process.
Most processed, convenience foods – the foods that contain multiple ingredients are those that are also high priced items.
So you’re actually paying more and getting less quantity and quality for your money.
2. The Natural State Guideline
The second guideline to follow is the food in its natural state guideline.
This means that it comes straight from the ground, tree or plant and has not been altered in any way.
This eliminates some foods or ingredients that may be single ingredients, but are still not considered healthy.
Sugar, for instance, is just one ingredient, but it is not in its natural state – meaning it doesn’t come from the ground or wild. It’s processed in a factory.
As such, it’s not healthy for you to eat. You want the foods you consume to contain that single ingredient and for that ingredient to come from nature. If it doesn’t, don’t eat it.
This helps ensure that you are not eating any man-made food, but rather, eating the way Mother Nature intended.
If you want to look into a diet plan that bases its approach off this concept, consider the Paleo diet approach.
3. The Brightly Coloured Guideline
Finally, the last general guideline that you can use that will help you eat more nutritious foods in your diet plan is the brightly coloured food guideline.
Basically, you want to eat foods that contain as many bright colours as possible, provided they meet the previous two guidelines listed above.
That means that radioactive coloured lollies you love so much do not qualify (as it is not a single ingredient and does not come from nature).
Alternatively however, those bright red raspberries do count, as does that vibrant yellow capsicum.
Fruits and vegetables are very brightly coloured and all will be very healthy for you to consume.
By staying away from ‘white’ foods as best as possible, you’ll also generally lower your carbohydrate intake, which means you’ll see faster overall rates of weight loss as well.
These three guidelines will help you get on track and stay on track with your healthy eating plan.
Provided these all check out, you can then feel very confident that the food you are about to eat is one that will serve your body well.