It’s so important that your body gets all the nutrients it needs – that’s why I don’t believe in diets. Our bodies need fats and carbs! It’s important to not just eat any carb, protein or fat! The ones listed below are your best options.
1/4 of your plate should be dedicated to carbohydrates in the form of whole grains (rice, buckwheat, amaranth, rye, millet, barley) or starchy carbs (sweet potato and potato). I do not like processed carbs such as bread, flour and pasta. Yes, they are an excellent source of readily available energy (they are so processed that they are already half broken down before you eat them so the energy is delivered really quickly). Therefore, they are useful in some circumstances. However, once eaten they are like sugar entering the body so they cause your blood sugar levels to spike really quickly. We need carbs in their whole form for sustained energy.
1/4 of your plate should be dedicated to protein in the form of organic meat, eggs or quinoa. Do not skimp on protein. We need protein for hormones and to keep us feeling full so we don’t snack and get sleepy.
Sprinkle your plate with good fats such as avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Please don’t skimp on good fats either. We’ve been lead to believe that fats are bad for us and make us fat. Good fats don’t make us fat. Sugar makes us fat! We need fats, especially for our hormones. Read more here.
½ of your plate needs to be covered in vegetables. We need vegetables for good health, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Snacks should always contain protein. When you’re hungry or craving sweets it is actually your body asking for some fuel. Protein is our body’s fuel so when you get the 3pm sweet craving, eat some good quality protein. Don’t deprive yourself from treats though. If after you’ve had your protein and you still want a treat, have one. Make sure it’s a healthy homemade wholefoods recipe though (raw desserts are the best!). It’s about crowding out the bad stuff by introducing so much new healthy exciting stuff. Before you know it, you won’t miss all the crap food you once ate.
Moderation is the key. It is okay to have 1 cheat meal each week. However, once you are educated about health and wellness and know how food affects your body you’ll probably find your cheat meals are healthy raw desserts.
What’s on your perfect plate?