Healthy Balanced Eating – A Simple Checklist

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

It’s been rather a long time since my last post, so I thought I’d start again with some advice on how to eat healthily rather than a recipe.

Inspired by rather a good book that I was given to read this summer on healthy eating (Food & Healing by Annemarie Colbin) here’s a quick checklist on how to cook/eat to support your health…

1. WHOLE: As nature proves them, with all their edible parts (grains with their bran and germ, apples with their skin), cooked or raw vegetables and fruits rather than juices or vitamin pills. Whole foods supply all of nature’s nutrients in a team, as well as providing us with the life energy of the food.

2. FRESH, NATURAL, REAL, ORGANICALLY GROWN: Not canned, not frozen, certainly not irradiated or genetically engineered; free of chemical additives, colourings, preservatives. The foods we choose should be the real thing, full of their life energy, not imitations (like margarine or artificial sweeteners), which invariably turn out to have some health-damaging effect. Organically grown foods not only have been shown to be higher in nutrients but also taste far superior to the commercial kind.

3. SEASONAL: To be in harmony with our environment, it is a good idea to choose summery foods in the summer, wintery foods n the winter. Fruits and vegetables in season are cheaper and do not lose nutrients like foods that have been transported long distances (not to mention the lower carbon footprint of less transport). They also taste better.

4. LOCAL: Local produce tastes better, costs less and is more nutritious because it is picked riper.

5. TRADITIONAL: We should pay attention to what our ancestors ate and incorporate those foods into our modern diet whenever possible. If our ancestors ate it then it will be more appropriate for us i.e. oats and barley from the UK, rye and wheat from Europe, millet and rice from Asia etc

6. BALANCED: It is important to make sure there is enough protein, carbohydrates, fat and micronutrients in our diet as a whole. For sensory and aesthetic satisfaction, we also need to include foods with a variety of flavours, colours and textures.

7. DELICIOUS: There is no point in eating ‘healthy’ food if it doesn’t taste good!