What is Healthy Eating?

WHAT IS HEALTHY EATING?

How many times have you heard “Why are you on a diet? You look fine, you don’t need it”

People often associate the word “diet” to a way of loosing weight. Is so wrong. Diet is what each people eat. Diet can be a healthy diet, a restrictive diet, a vegan diet, fast food diet, yeh we are all on a diet because we eat.

But what can we consider a healthy diet?

My diet is healthy for me, it might not be for you. Not every diet works for everyone, depends on your daily activity, your personal needs, your intolerance and metabolism.

I believe that flexibility and moderation is key in whatever diet you decide to adopt.

I grew up listening, and probably so did you, that bread and pasta is bad for you, bananas make you fat and eggs have too much cholesterol. And now I eat all that. But sure, if you have 10 eggs a day, your arteries wouldn’t last long. Everything in excess is bad.

I am not vegan or vegetarian, call me flexitarian if you like, but I refuse to label the way Ieat.There is way to much judgement going on about people’s diet and beliefs. Why should someone be judged because used honey on a recipe, or posted some nice yolk porn on Instagram?

My diet is about 70% Plant-based, practically Gluten and Refined Sugar free, and very occasionally animal products, so I do believe I am helping our Planet sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint and saving resources like water.

“Approximately 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef. Approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables” (http://www.meatlessmonday.com/about-us/why-meatless/)

Start small. Even if you have one meatless day on the week you are making a difference.

Eat close to the Nature as possible. The easiest way for you to know if you are making the right choices is to always choose whole foods, exactly in the form nature offered them, unprocessed, full of nutrition.

Get all your vitamins and minerals from whole foods instead of supplements, those vitamins turned into commercial form, when isolated, they lack the nutrients and co-minerals. For instance, The Ascorbic Acid supplement (that you buy) is NOT Vitamin C.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and my favourite!) and I know you are tired of hearing this, but that is the best advice ever. It will prevent you to overeat later in the day and you will make smart decisions all day long. So eat your oatmeal!

Eat, eat, eat. This is where people are often wrong. You think “I am not having lunch so I can loose weight” and your Brain goes “Oh I am going to die, I am not getting any food, so let me inform my little soldiers to store FAT around the belly for hard times like this”. It is called Starvation Mode, got it?

Eat often to prevent your blood sugar lowering too much (so you don’t get the chocolate craving) and to accelerate your metabolism (so your body actually burns the extra fat that does not need).

Have fruit. Loads of it. When I have banana ice cream for breakfast, is made with 3-4 bananas, I always make a juice/smoothie for mid morning snack and a raw bar or piece of fruit for mid afternoon. Bananas are my best friends!

Calories is all people worry about. Do not count calories, count nutrients. For example, 100 cal of Kale provides your with vital nutrients for your health, while 45 cal of those “healthy” crisps provides absolutely nothing but useless nutrients that will break down your body.

“It is the nutrients that support normal metabolism, healing, repair, and function, not the calories” (http://fitlife.tv/nutrients-vs-calories-do-you-know-the-difference/#sthash.WJCOsu7z.dpuf)

I can finally say that I am the best version of myself.

And again, I can’t stress this enough, MODERATION, moderation is key. Don’t deprive yourself of the food you love. Health is about feeling great.

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Hey, I am Laura. A Portuguese girl that followed her heart and move to London by herself.

My dream was to become Beyonce really (or Britney Spears when I was like 12) but I graduated in Pharmacy instead. Ballerina at age of 5, from jazz dance to ballroom dance, finishing on Hip Hop. Yeh, this passion will stay forever. Invite me to a dance class and I am there!

I suffer from Wanderlust. So I hope you don’t mind to see a few posts from my trips every so often. So far I have been in around 20 different countries, and is so worth it.

Food. Ever since I can remember I have been a Foodie. And also hated cooking. I know right?! Always had my mum to cook for me, so you know how it i is. Then I found myself in London and for 2 years I lived on ready-meals. Yumm. At some point was feeling so unhealthy, horrible skin, dull hair, no energy, recurrent headaches and constant bloating.

One year ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is associated with an increased risk to develop diabetes and high colesterol levels, acne, weight gain and difficulty getting pregnant.

With all my family medical history of Diabetes and Cardiac Diseases was about time I would make a change right?

I always had some nutrition knowledge even thought I never fully committed to a healthy lifestlyle. I was one of those girls who just wanted a quick fix and “2 weeks diet for a bikini body”. Guess what? It doesn’t work!

I am here hoping to inspire you, to make you love that green smoothie, love the “so not boring at all” healthy food, guilt-free treats and yummy breakfasts, with some travelling and wellness in between! Nutritious food directly from Nature, that is it.

Laura xx

www.mangoandbliss.com