Balanced Meals Mean More Nutrients
If you’ve done one of our coaching programmes during lockdown you’ll know that we often add an action “Eat a balanced meal” and you’ll know exactly what a balanced meal is because we give you the information but what if you haven’t recently done one of our coaching programmes?
Do you even know what a “balanced meal” includes?
Everybody knows just how important it is to maintain a healthy diet to improve overall health. But, there’s much more to starting a healthy diet than simply eating foods that are regarded as stereotypically “healthy.”
When you’re trying to be healthy you need to understand why your body needs specific nutrients throughout the course of the day, the role that balanced meals play in improving health, and how to add variety to your diet to stay interested.
What Your Body Needs
When most people think about diets, they place a heavy emphasis on the number of calories they’re consuming over the course of the day. However, the actual nutrients that you’re consuming are much more important than the calorie count.
That’s because your body desperately needs each of the macronutrients and micronutrients to function properly. These nutrients include:
Think about it this way. If you’re eating the standard 2,000 calories per day, but you’re eating a diet loaded with fats and sugars, you’ll be much more likely to increase your risk of developing health conditions and gaining weight than if the diet were more balanced with nutrient-dense foods, rather than calorie-dense foods.
Your overall goal when it comes to consuming a more balanced diet should be to get the nutrients that your body requires without overdoing it.
Getting too much or too little of specific nutrients can cause negative health consequences that can effectively set your new diet back even further.
Why Balanced Meals are So Important
There are quite a few reasons that balanced diets are considered so important.
First of all, balanced meals contain plenty of nutrients in one meal and allow you to spread out your nutrient consumption throughout the day. Rather than getting all of your vitamin C in the morning, for example, you can get it in smaller portions throughout the day.
This can help you to maintain consistent levels of the required nutrients at all times rather than having them spike with specific meals.
Balanced meals are also much more interesting to consume. With a truly balanced meal, your meal will be stocked full of different tastes, textures, colours, and nutrients. That means you have many more options when it comes to different types of meals that you can make.
Adding Some Variety to Your Diet
In order to stick to any diet, particularly a more balanced one, you need to add a lot of variety. There are a few reasons for that.
Variety means that you’re getting a range of different foods and therefore a range of different nutrients. Eating the same foods day in, day out could mean that you’re missing out on certain nutrients by never, or rarely, consuming foods that contain them.
Also, eating the same foods daily is boring and you’ll be far more likely to revert to your previously unhealthy habits. When you lose interest in eating because the food doesn’t appeal to you or it’s become too repetitive, then you’ll lose focus and get off track.
Also, it makes your diet and healthy eating more fun. When you’re constantly cooking new meals, trying out new ingredients, and pairing new foods, you’ll be much more interested in eating, even if it is considered a “healthy” balanced diet.
Variety also allows you to strategically select the nutrients that you’re getting with each meal. By selecting specific foods or ingredients, you can better target the nutrients that you’re lacking in and cut out on some of the nutrients that you’re getting too much of.
Before you completely revamp your current diet to eat only healthy foods, you need to take quite a few things into consideration. The most important thing you can do when trying to improve your health is by consuming more balanced meals that are loaded with a greater number of nutrients. You can do this by increasing the variety of foods you eat both at individual meals and throughout the day or week.