There are many opinions about the best nutrition, but the truth is, the lifestyle you lead determines the nutrition you need.
If you perform a lot of physical labour, you are going to need energy-rich foods. You will need protein and carbohydrates, so eating a fairly regular diet is fine for that lifestyle. This is not to say that you won’t need fruit and vegetables, because they supply your body with important fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
Other good sources of energy-dense foods are nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. The advantages to these foods is that they will not fill you up too much, while still giving you the energy you need to perform your work.
If your lifestyle involves some physical activity, but not hard exertion, you’ll need to lower your carbohydrate intake slightly. Try replacing some carbs with protein-rich foods, and upping your vegetable intake. Some fats are fine, too, as they are an energy-rich food, but try to avoid saturated fats.
If you don’t perform much physical activity, and spend a lot of time sitting (at a desk, for example), you will find you can get by on light foods like vegetables, fruit, salads, and small amounts of protein.
If you eat according to your own physical needs, you will find you feel healthier, and your weight won’t be difficult to manage. Something that you can do is get a blood test to see if you have any deficiencies or excesses in your diet, and tailor your food accordingly.
Many people make the mistake of eating large amounts of carbohydrates when they aren’t doing enough activity to use all that energy (a large amount of carbohydrates is what is considered a normal sized serving by most people who don’t realise how rich in energy carbs actually are), which can lead to weight gain, which in turn leads to a variety of health problems.
Try changing up your diet and see how you feel – and remember, fresh is best!
Here at Natures Naturals, we hope you’ve enjoyed this blog.