Healthy Eating Basics

Healthy eating for the most part means going back to the days before the development of high technology and food science. It is going back to healthy eating basics of the time before processed food and huge industrial agriculture. Some scientific theories tell us our ancestors ate a lot more plant based diet than we do. The meat they ate were organic and they ate a lot of game. Which is quite different and much healthier than the industrial farm meat we eat today. Many cultures have developed healthy eating habits in various ways. But there are basic components that runs through all of them that makes them healthy. Here a few of these basics.

  • Eat close to the bottom of the food chain as much as possible. Meaning eat more plants such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, seed sprouts, nuts, seeds less meat and animal products.

  • Eat only when you are hungry and not too much, with fruit snacks in between.

  • Eat everything as fresh as possible. If you live near a farm or are a member of csa ( community supported agriculture) then try to get all your produce and even meat and diary products fresh from the farm. The fresher the food the more nutrients it has and the more tastier it is. If you have a garden you can plant your own veggies and herbs. This is as fresh as they come. There is also the farmers markets which are available in almost every city now a days.

organic small farm
organic small farm

  • Eat more unprocessed foods much less processed food. If it tastes better raw don’t cook it. Eliminate synthetic chemicals from your diet.

  • Avoid refined sugar, sweeteners, and concentrated juice. Dilute the juice, and drink plenty of water.

  • Eat less refined wheat and grains.

  • Variety is the spice of life. For nutrition it is essential. Eat fruits and vegetables of every color.

  • Eating what is available locally and in season is good for us

The Farmers Market

Eat fruits and vegetables of every color.
Eat fruits and vegetables of every color.
  • Taste, smell, and looks are important. When you go food shopping smell it, look it, and if possible test it. All this are vital signs that tell you whether a food is fresh, has high amounts of vital nutrients and are good for your well being.

  • The way you cook food matters on how nutritious it is going to be. Learn how to cook all kinds of food for maximum nutritional benefit.

  • Did you know roasting veggies is one of the best ways of preserving its nutrients.

  • The way you eat matters. Set your table and eat all your meals seated at a table. Don’t read or do anything else. Just eat mindfully, noticing the smell, color, texture, taste of the food and enjoying every minute of it. This is one of the pleasures of life.

  • If you crave a food real bad then you must have it. It is your bodies way of telling you that it needs the nutrients in that food.

  • Do not overeat any particular food because it is touted a super food. Anything that is overdone can become poisonous.

Some of the Best Diets Available to Us Today

  • The Raw food diet: Everything is eaten raw and as fresh as possible, no meat. It is all vegetables, fruits, and grains. I find this extreme and without cooking some nutrients may not be available to us.

  • The Asian diet: Lots of vegetables and fruits, less refined sugar, less fat, less processed foods, lots of tea drinking ( antioxidant). The down side is too much salt and the use of unhealthy vegetable oils such as artificially processed coconut oil.

  • The Vegan Diet: Eating very close to the bottom of the food chain. vegans eat only plant based food no meat. They get lots of fiber., much less saturated fat. But can be deficient in some vital nutrients that is found only in meat.

  • The Mediterranean Diet:Has variety, lots of vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fat, lots of fish and legumes but less red meat, lots of whole grain. great food preparation

Of These diets the one that is closest to the healthy eating basics criteria is the Mediterranean diet.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

A deliciously nutritious hub, lelane, full of great tips!

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fiona_33 6 years ago from UK

Great hub. Thanks for all the useful tips.

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Thank you so much for your kind words Ann. Glad you enjoyed it.

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Hello Fiona_33 Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub and thank you for being my fan and the kind words. Welcome to my hub pages.

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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

lelanew55, you are so right about our ancestors. Being a

countryman I often eat game. It is fresh and not pumped full of chemicals and antibiotics. This a very informative hub that I enjoyed reading. The photographs enhance your work. Thank you for producing it.

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

D.A.L. Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it. I think eating healthy is fun and not boring. I tried to convey that here.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Thanks so much. Healthy food is everything - and without it we have turned to popping toxic pharmaceuticals that wreak havoc on our health.

The term 'you are what you eat' has never been truer and we are suffering the consequences of eating a processed diet.

Thanks for such a visually beautiful hub. This is a great reminder that we must take control of our health - with fresh food!

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

BK Thanks a lot for such a great comment. That is exactly my intention. A reminder of how we should eat for holistic, balanced life. It is really basic good nutrition which many of us have forgotten.

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Patti Ann 6 years ago from Florida

Excellent - I agree - if we all cut the processed foods out of our diets we would be so much healthier.

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Thank you for the kind words Patti Ann. Yes cut out all foods that are unnatural and we will see a big difference in our health.

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CheapMobilePhones 6 years ago from UK

Understood the Good Nutritive values in Vegetables

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Eating all sorts of veggies is indeed one of the important healthy eating basics. Thank you.

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livingtreecompany 6 years ago from United States

Can we link to this article?

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Yes you can link to this article. Thank you for stopping by. And welcome to hubpages.

Melanie Munn 6 years ago

Back to the basics of healthy eating, you are absolutely right!

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Hello Melanie,

Thank you so much for the support. There is no question in my mind that the best nutrition for us is the one that is natural and wholesome. Nature knows how to provide for us. Yes let us go back to healthy eating basics!

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purpletiger 6 years ago

good points, great to see so many people reading. Well done

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lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Thank you for the kind comment purpletiger. Yes it is great to have so many people reading this hub.

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membersa 5 years ago from USA

My husband and I are vegetarians and we are experimenting on eating raw food. I still prefer eating cooked foods.

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lelanew55 5 years ago Author

In my opinion I don't think you can access all the nutrients in many foods without cooking them at least a little. There are foods which are better eaten raw such as many fruits and some veggies but not all. And you can eat some foods both raw and cooked. For me the best way is to vary the way you prepare food as well as the foods themselves. Thank you for stopping by.

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