How food can improve your health
Moretti Blog • January 02, 2018
or people that know me, they know that one of my favourite room is the kitchen. Why? because I love cooking and food, but most important is the way that food connects people. The kitchen, though is not only a place where to prepare food but is a room that, if designed well, will make us leave better in terms of how we use the space we use the storage and we socialize.
Also, for me is important to enjoy the moment of food preparation, and of course there is all type of food but my aim is to cook healthy food that makes us feel better.
This is why it’s important to get the kitchen design right.
Why do we need to eat healthy food to improve the way we live?
As a businesswoman and mother, there is so much to do every single day and I found myself with no much energy. Hence I have decided to change something and I have recently attended some cooking classes at Joy @kitchenjoycookery.com. With Joy, I honestly discover a new way to see food. From her classes, I have got new important information.
Yes, we must eat food as a form of fuel to survive as humans. Food provides us with a range of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, water, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, and protein.
A healthy diet has been scientifically proven to provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing your risk of several chronic diseases and keeping your body healthy.
For some people, making changes to their diet may seem overwhelming but you can start by taking small steps to incorporate into your daily life. It is not a case of just a diet but balance and lifestyle.
So here 12 tips for eating healthy food to improve life from Joy classes:
1) Cut out refined sugars and try to consume natural sugars from fruit, this will keep your Glycemic Index (GI) levels stabilised. Fruit can be juiced to make smoothies, along with vegetables, nuts & seeds. Just be aware of the amount of fruit intake due to fructose content and sugar is sugar! It is good to eat a piece of whole fruit sometimes as this contains more fibre.
2)Keep foods natural, meaning no processed foods, this would be fruit, veg, beans, pulses, protein and some dairy.
3)Good fats such as avocado, olive oil & oily fish are very beneficial and help feed the brain, as our brains are made up of 60% omega 3 fats.
4)Protein can be derived from lean organically produced meats, such as grass-fed beef, but also from plant-based products such as hemp seeds. Hemp seeds provide similar amounts of protein as beef and lamb and very versatile such as adding to your smoothies or sprinkling on porridge for breakfast.
5)Trending at the moment is the term ‘flexitarian’ where the focus on eating healthy plant-based proteins and minimise consumption of animal products. This may also aid weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
6)Consuming large quantities of alcohol can have an effect on your health too and can be highly addictive and toxic. But small amounts, such as a glass of red wine per day have been linked to health benefits.
Ethanol is the active ingredient in alcoholic drinks, is generally referred to as “alcohol”, it can have powerful effects on your mental state. Other symptoms are fatty liver, can impair brain function, increase your risk of certain cancers, plus alcohol abuse and depression are linked, along with weight gain. So, drink in moderation!
7)And drink lots of water! I have so improved on that!!
8)Food preparation helps improve your diet. Ideally baking, poaching or slow cooking. These methods do not promote the formation of potentially toxic harmful compounds which can occur when you grill/bbq or deep fry certain foods.
9)Replace your fast food favourite restaurant for one with healthier options, there are so many choices on the market now.
10)Try experimenting with new recipes at least once a week at home.
11)Become more active, good nutrition and exercise go hand in hand.
12)Good quality sleep cannot be overstated, sleep deprivation disrupts appetite regulation and can often result in increased calorie intake.
Eating a healthy diet, eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly will also improve your mood, stamina and help you think more clearly. By keeping our blood sugar levels balanced it will stop us feeling tired, irritable and depressed. Slow-release energy foods include pasta, rice, oats, wholegrain bread and cereals, nuts and seeds.
We all are so busy and stressed because of our lifestyle, but by incorporating small changes in your diet moving forward allowing your foods to become healthier and more balanced.
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