Here at A Diet Community, we don’t promote a one-size-fits-all approach. It is important to have a personal plan the will work specifically for you.
However, regardless of the specific plan you choose to follow, it is still important to have a solid understanding into the different types of foods. That understanding will make it easier for you to make the best decision on what it will take to be healthy, and what type of diet plan is the best for you.
Whole grains retain their healthy fiber, fats, vitamins, protein and minerals. Unrefined grains do not. That is why it is so important to know the difference between the two.
Some great options if you’re looking to increase your whole grains are brown rice, oatmeal, pearled barley, popcorn and 100% whole grain breads & pasta.
Fruits and Vegetables
Rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C and beta-carotene, fruits and vegetables are extremely beneficial for your cells. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, cherries, berries, leafy greens, squash, bell peppers and broccoli are among the highest providers of antioxidants.
Protein-rich foods strengthen your bones as well as your immune system. Protein also facilitates fast healing of your body and it is important for the growth and repair of your body tissues.
Red meat and other kinds of high processed meats are high in protein, but they are not a good choice for your protein needs because of the many negative aspects they have.
Instead, you should focus on eating more low-fat milk and yogurt, skinless poultry, fish, egg whites, lentils and beans.
Contrary to popular belief, all fats are not bad for you. However, it is important that your fat intake is focused on “healthy fats”.
Fats absorb fat-soluble nutrients and provide energy to your muscles. They are also important for the positive function of your brain.
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that reduce inflammation, hence minimizing the adverse effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
Some of the foods you should focus on in order to get healthy fats into your diet are: olive, canola, sunflower and peanut oil, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, salmon, tuna, mackerel, soy milk and tofu.
Special Food for Special Conditions
It is also important to note that any change in the types of foods you eat should take into consideration any specific medical conditions you have.
Food is a necessity of life and vital for your energy and growth. Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of food, it should be much easier for you to focus on eating healthy, nutritious and well-balanced meals.