Savvy Cook is asked often about what we think constitutes a healthy diet.
This is a difficult question to answer, because everyone’s lifestyle and nutritional needs are different; personal needs also change depending on age, whether you are 100% well or recovering from illness, going through a period of stress etc., but here is a very basic guide.
Looking after your wellbeing and giving your body the fuel it needs is a vital part of being healthy.
Savvy Cook believes good nutrition is about going back to a simple, straightforward way of eating and shaking off the marketing-led hype and diet obsessed confusion which has clouded the basic principle that delicious food can be implicitly good for us.
Re-connect with real food
So it is time to forget the things we should not eat and instead re-connect with real food and start concentrating on the things you actually enjoy eating.
Practically all lean meat and fish are naturally low in fat; fruits are naturally sweet and don’t need added sugar. Most vegetables and grains are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Top 5 Savvy tips
The first thing is to start enjoying the food you eat!
1. Eat three meals a day – and definitely don’t skip breakfast.
2. Always sit down to eat, preferably with familiy or friends, but certainly not whilst watching TV, in front of your computer or on the run.
3. Eat meals made with good quality, fresh ingredients.
4. Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of, preferably seasonal, fruit and vegetables every day.
5. Eat more oily fish.
If you want to find out more, have a look at an earlier blog I wrote: Top 10 Savvy foods, for my thoughts on specific foods and why they are good for you.
I am going to write something about food marketing and portion sizes soon: watch this space!