The world is full of many different cuisines, and healthy dishes can be found in all of them. It’s hard to realize this, however, if you’ve spent much time reading today’s popular literature about food. All too often, extremism has replaced common sense. Entire food groups are being condemned as “unhealthy” by diet “experts” who know more about marketing than they do about nutrition. In the minds of some of these “experts”, good nutrition seems to revolve more around avoiding food than it does around eating it.
If you want to eat a healthy diet, without going to extremes, the process is actually pretty simple:
- Don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
- Don’t eat past the point of being full.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat foods that are relatively close to their natural state. I’m not recommending meals of uncooked meat and raw vegetables. I’m suggesting that people eat foods that contain minimal or no chemical preservatives, no artificial flavors and little to no added sugar, fat or salt.
- Don’t confuse foods that you should eat in moderation with foods that are actually toxic. Meat is not a poison. Milk is not a poison. Wheat is not a poison.
- Eat a wide variety of foods.
Are there any rules about foods you should not eat? Well, there are a couple:
- Avoid any food that is altered so much that it’s impossible to tell by looking at it, or tasting it, what plant or animal it was made from in the first place.
- If you have severe food allergies, issues with blood sugar regulation, etc., follow the recommendations of a qualified healthcare provider.