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People are confused and for good reason. Should we combine our foods in a particular way? Is it necessary to eat food according to our blood type? Should we adopt a Mediterranean diet? Should we choose an Asian diet and eat absurd amounts of tofu? These are some of the questions asked by consumers who are increasingly interested in improving their health.
The growing number of books on health and nutrition is both encouraging and discouraging. It is encouraging because it demonstrates a growing interest in a healthy lifestyle and a desire to take care of ourselves salutarily. On the other hand, this phenomenon is also discouraging because more and more consumers are complaining of a growing confusion due to the various nutritional theories that are constantly increasing and contradicting.
What blurs the cards even more is that some people seem to be doing well with a particular diet, while others do not see any major improvement and some feel frankly less well.
Here are some ideas on the reasons for these apparent contradictions and, by the same token, helps to make its way through this labyrinth of information. It is important to remember some rules.
The answer to the question "What is the ideal diet?" is therefore difficult to give. The healing food of one can indeed be the poison of the other. Nevertheless, there are some ways to follow in order to find this ideal diet. You will note, moreover, that the majority of health plans recognize and recommend these basic parameters.
Consume foods that are at the bottom of the food chain and increase plant foods. These reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease while alkalizing the body. Try to consume at least 60-70% vegetables at lunch and dinner. But be careful, you may have to increase this consumption gradually - listen to your body.
Consume whole grains most of the time. But pay attention to the possibility of allergies or intolerances to gluten or corn. Increase your intake of vegetable proteins, in the form of legumes, nuts and seeds. Do your best to consume legumes at least four times a week.
Consume 1 to 2 tbsp vegetable oil cold pressed every day, in order to get your basic essential fatty acids.
Reduce the consumption of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates. Refined sugars increase the risk of infection. Reduce your consumption of fast food, fried foods, as well as hydrogenated and saturated fats. Avoid artificial additives, whether artificial colors, artificial sweeteners or flavors.
There is an astonishing variety of "health diets", all equally compelling. But do not forget that it is ultimately your body that should give you the answer to whether the diet you are following is the right one for you.
Eat while respecting the basic principles of a healthy diet, avoid unhealthy foods and eat with pleasure without making it a religion. Do not let your prejudices or those of others prevent you from making the appropriate changes, but do not make it a phobia. And, please, do not become fanatical about a particular diet. Remember that the diet that has made you feel good may not be beneficial for someone else and even for you at some point.
Finally, aside from what is necessary to restore your health, do not make food an end in itself. Healthy diet is important only in helping us to have the level of health and energy that is required to enable us to do well all the other most important things.
And if "the diets" were effective, we would then be all THIN. So eat everything while diversifying as much as possible, trust yourself and use your "Big common sense".
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