Many times it is hard to find the right food for your diet. The problem is not that you are on a starving diet, because we all know that diet is the key to healthy eating. The problem, in many cases, is that the foods eaten at certain times have very individual effects on people. For example, a low carb diet rich in beans and legumes is going to pack on the pounds more quickly than a diet rich in starches. And while both kinds of diets are generally healthy, they are not created equal.
A properly planned low carb diet should have the following three principles: carbohydrates should be limited, important food groups should be taken in balanced, and fatty foods should be avoided. If you can perfectly tolerate carbohydrates, you don’t need to worry about it. If you are diabetic, you need to have no carbohydrates whatever.
First, it is important to understand that the body does not function without carbohydrates. Therefore, it does not matter how much or how little you eat, it is not going to be absorbed into the body. Even low carb diet plans, by and large, are really only recommended for people who are exceptionally health-conscious, and not for those who have medical conditions.
A low carb diet plan needs to be:
1. quick2. easy3. accommodative4. nutritionally sound
And, here are some general guidelines regarding such a diet:
• Some carbohydrates are ok in small amounts. For example, neither bread nor potatoes are categorically bad for you, and both of these foods are good in moderation. Grains and other complex carbohydrates are best taken in during the day, and are best avoided if you are on a diet.• The essential fatty acids you should eat are the Omega-3s. These are found in fatty fish, such as salmon. You should probably take the recommended amount of Omega-3 fats per meal, which is 6-8%.• Protein is very important, and in that sense, meat is a very good source of protein. However, in general, dietary protein is all very different from one another. Fish, while being rich in protein, is also rich in saturated fat, which is not only unhealthy, but also detrimental to your health.• Carbohydrates and cholesterol should be kept to a minimum. In fact, there is currently an ongoing debate about whether carbohydrates are actually good for you, with some people claiming they have a harmful effect on blood cholesterol levels, and other people saying that it is actually sugars and fats that are bad for you. However, carbohydrates are actually very important for your body, and you should eat them as part of a balanced diet. However, you should avoid too much carbohydrate intake, or your body will be acidic and too full of fuel, and protein is also very important. In order to get the best nutrition out of the food you should eat, your body needs to process and digest it properly.
In order to process carbohydrates you need an acidic environment. This means the carbohydrates need to be broken down by your body to be used for energy. Bodies can’t process carbohydrates if they are alkaline.
Macrobiotics / probiotics
Several other important factors have also been shown to have a positive impact on your health other than adding minerals and vitamins. These include the use of olive oil and other such oils, sun-richness, and good quality vitamin-rich foods.
The biggest aspect in sugar that has needed to be renewed concern is the amount of refined sugar that is in so many foods. This is even more worrying when you consider that we consume far more refined sugar than most other countries. Little wonder we are becoming sofrozen – with refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.
But you don’t need to worry; the solution is right there in your supermarket – all in the supermarket are models of food with ‘traffic signal’ signs – the supermarket is well designed to target the health conscious consumer with things such as limited ingredient lists, and ‘best before’ dates.
So if you are concerned about your diet and want to improve your health, and also your waistline, you might want to think about swapping your car drivers diet for a traffic signal maker – that way you will know exactly what to buy with that dollar packet of potatoes.