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Healthy eating: the key to productivity and energy during the day
Defining our healthy habits is a long way to go, full of recipes, tips, and diets that may or may not be beneficial for our body, so before starting any routine that is made to improve your physical condition, you should know which is the most appropriate route.
To make a guide on how to start a healthy diet without having to become very aggressive with changes, we talked to Loana Duque, Specialist in Functional Nutrition, accredited by the Institute of Functional Medicine (AFMCP), certified as a Health Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Fitness Nutrition ISSA, Kitchen and Holistic Nutrition by Gato Dumas, who leaves us some recommendations for when we start with a change in our daily diet.
1. How to start a healthy diet correctly without becoming so aggressive with the changes?
Foods that support our well-being and have a nutritional function are included, before only removing those that are not good for us. When we begin to include this type of food, our body automatically begins to recognize that this does represent a positive change in our daily diet. So, let’s include good foods, and little by little, in a natural way, those that are not good for us are left behind.
2. Why is it necessary to recognize which foods are healthy and which are not so much for our body?
It is very necessary to recognize what are healthy foods since they support our health in general. The relationship with food and what do we put on our plates every day? It has to do directly with our quality of life, our longevity and with our state of mind, and much more aspects of our lives. If we want to be very productive and have good energy, food is essential, so being able to identify what works for our health has a direct impact on our daily lives. It is essential to educate and learn how food can support different processes of our body and mind.
3. What do you think are the keys to being consistent with a diet or with the consumption of healthy foods?
One of the main keys to being constant during the changes in our diet is to want it and believe it, and to know that what is being done is for our good; in this way, it will never be seen as a sacrifice or as something that has to be done. When we internalize the need for changes and we know how important it is to make these changes in our lifestyle, everything becomes more bearable and part of us.
“Transformations happen for those who want them, not for those who need them”
4. What foods should people include in their meals that contribute to a healthy diet, without having to call it a diet?
People must include in our day-to-day, the three main food groups: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, within each of the food classifications are the foods that support our well-being and those that do not. It is important to highlight that this is not about demonizing or categorizing any group of these foods as bad, as is often seen, but about understanding that if we focus on visibly healthy products without having to read a label, we can contribute to a healthy diet without the need for a diet. We must begin to see food as a gift for our health.
5. What can we not call a diet?
Our food is not a diet. We constantly hear this term that turns out to be the concept of sacrifice, fewer calories, restrictions, and something that has an end date, therefore, it is important to recognize that people can have a healthy and respectful relationship with food as with the way to feed ourselves. It is about going further and knowing that food fulfills not only a function of losing or gaining weight but that it goes much further, and that is when we no longer call it a diet.