Healthy Diets - Keep It Simple

Simplicity Of Eating Healthy

Do you know how easy it is to eat healthy, and the reasons and benefits of a simple healthy diet can be, to you and your family. I pride myself in been a healthy eater, been in top shape, and seriously, never a cold or flu, and I mostly put that down to keeping fit and a great healthy diet.

Now, let me be clear on the word "Diet', when I say diet I do not mean any stupid fad you can read about, or celebrity crap diets you See in magazines. I'm talking about, a simple balanced healthy diet, it's as easy as that. Incorporating a healthy eating plan, very simple to do, with regular exercise, is a winning combination, that I have used and stuck by for years, and as a man in my early 30's, I have never felt better.

Here I'm going to give you some tips on What to eat, food item benefits, fitness tips, all with an aim of giving you a goal, either if you just want to improve your diet, build muscle, or burn fat and lose weight. I've been training and keeping in shape years now, have never been overweight in a big way, and basically it's all been down to common sense and discipline.

Diet Now And lose 38 Pounds In 40 Days!!!

Yes you've seen this crazy stuff, "lose pounds without exercising" " burn fat without lifting a finger." Now for crying out loud, seriously, if you really need to lose weight quickly, change your lifestyle, and Avoid Avoid Avoid these type of advertisements, I cringe when I see them and think of the poor suckers who buy into them, yes probably losing the weight, but doing damage to their body with out even knowing it.

You see low-fat diets, in theory it should produce the results it promises, been a diet, and low in fat, yes, but really low-fat diets don't protect us from heart/cardiovascular disease, and can even interfere with weight loss. Most "low-fat diets" are company sales tricks and propaganda, and a huge industry.

Really, we need to eat fats, because most fats are actually good for us. Depriving your body from fats, and starving yourself or following a strict "lose weight" diet will make your body store fat rather than burn it off. Avoid unnatural saturated or trans fats, and make sure you get an intake of monounsaturated fats from nuts/avocados, omega-3 from fish and fats from meats, your body uses these natural fats for your bodies structure and cells. Remember you need to eat fat to burn fat, especially if you exercise regularly.

What's On The Menu Sir?

" Eating more calories than you burn off is the prime cause of weight gain"

And that's a fact. Now I could go ahead and ramble of a load off recipes for a healthy diet but that would be too easy and a little boring. So I'll give you a list of ingredients I personally use and no about, and different tips I've come to learn and love. You can incorporate in to you meals as you seem fit.

Foods Your Body Would Love To Meet.

1. Rule no1. Rule number one really, for everything from exercising to eating healthy is, Drink plenty of water. Very Very important, water is unbelievable in what it does to our bodies, for hydration to helping you lose weight.

2. Lemon. Add lemon to you water/tea or shakes. Lemon draws out more saliva in your mouth, which helps break down foods into fats, protein, sugars etc, stimulating the body and helping burn fat.

3. Vegetables. Especially vegetables that have a high water content. They drown out calories and are full of vitamins. Wet veg can be, courgettes, peppers, cucumbers, cauliflowers, great for helping burn fat.

4. Blueberries. Great for breakfast with cereal. High in antioxidants and known to fight diabetes.

5. Nuts and Seeds. Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds etc. High in vitamins and essential fats and very tasty.

6. Protein Rich Meats and Fish. I eat a lot of Fish, and also Chicken, Turkey Breast( very low in fat), Pork and the odd Steak for Iron. Mix it up daily. Chose meats low in fat and fish high in Omega-3 oils. Eggs are a great source of protein also.

7. Carrot Juice. If your going to drink any juice I recommend Carrot juice. High in antioxidants, great source for potassium, high in vitamins. Carrots are a great snack too eaten raw.

8. Low Sodium Miso. I love a bowl of Miso soup. With the seaweed, and low in sodium, it can help lower blood pressure, and very tasty too.

9. Carbohydrate rich foods. Rice, Bread, Porridge Oats, Beans, Potatoes, Breakfast Cereal, Pasta are all important for Fuel, for exercising and basically daily living. These foods would also be high in Fibre, B Vitamins and minerals.

10. Fruit. Fruit provides us with Fibre, Minerals, Vitamins and will help boost your immune system (hence strengthen your defenses from colds and flues). A big deal with me, is buy locally. Not only are you supporting your local community, the produce will also be better. Produce imported loses its nutritional value when in transport.

11. Calcium Rich Foods. Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, Dark Green Veg, Almonds and Tinned Fish are all great sources of calcium, needed to strengthen bones and your pearly white teeth.

12. Fat Burning Stars. Yes these are ingredients that are metabolism boosters such as Ginger, Mustard, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper.

13. Junk Food. Yes you heard me, if, by now you have or are planning a balanced diet, biscuits, chocolate, bars, cakes, sweets, pop, have very little nutritional value and are full of artery clogging saturated fats, but a piece now and again or a daily piece won't do any harm, once you don't over do it.

Eat Healthy, Live Healthy

So out of the list above, you can see how easy it is to incorporate some of these items into your life and diet, with out having to resort to diet fads. It's plain and simple, look at your diet now and simply change it. Eating vegetables, fruit, nuts, lean meats and some sort of exercise and you will be on the right track to a better you.

Exercises

I have a daily routine of a morning run, and through the week I'll fit in, swimming, Cardio, weights, long runs, and my favourite is a boxing bag and sparring, best all round exercise regime in my opinion, well for me anyway, love it, has me in the best shape of my life. That's why a healthy balanced diet is important, an all round unbeatable system. Also, a good sleep is essential and you can burn fat while you sleep.

My Diet

I have a variety of different meals I eat during the week, for different training regimes, and here I'll give a mixture of what I eat and maybe give you an idea how to set a healthy menu plan for yourself.

Breakfast, usually after my morning run.

Plenty of water, and a range between Porridge Oats with fruit(usually blueberries and bananas), egg white omelet, slices of cheese, Weetabix, Smoke Salmon Bagel, always some nuts,, Muesli, Peanut Butter, Rye Bread, Protein Shake, Green Tea or a Black Coffee.

Snacks

Protein bars, Shakes, Fruit and Yogurt, Omelette, Cottage Cheese, Nuts, Oat Biscuits, Fruit

Lunch.

Lean Meat (Chicken or Turkey Breast), Broccoli, Tuna or Salmon with Veg, Brown Rice, Home made Lasagna, Tuna Salad, Wholemeal Pasta, Water.

Dinner

Tuna Steak, Chicken Breast, Turkey Steak, Salmon Steak, 6 Egg White Omelette, Low Fat Steak Mince, Home made Sweet Potato chips, Mixed Veg, Cheese, Water.

Supper

Whey Protein Shake, Wholemeal Toast with Peanut Butter or Scrambled Eggs, Nuts, Fruit, Water.

Keep It Simple

So as you can see, a nice mixture, and the odd biscuit or chocolate bar helps too. So remember, it's not too hard to have a tasty balanced healthy diet, and a little exercise, you will be on the road to a healthy full of energy new you. Check out my fitness blog for some tips, Good- Luck.

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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

What a great, commonsense hub, Sherbet Penny, and an echo of my own (published ages ago) How I live with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) in which I share pretty much the same diet. Although, I go one step further and reduce red meat, eating fish as often as possible. (Red meat increases the build up of acid -- not good for RA sufferers.) I wish all responses to the call for articles on health were as common sense as this one. If I followed the advice of all the others, I would be gobbling capsules at a rate likely to block my digestive tract.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Keep it simple! Amen, and great hub, Sherbert. I could improve my diet, but I definitely do not have the worst...Good job!


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Hi Immartin, thank you for the comment. I'm not a big red meat eater either, the occasional time. And yes, commons sense for crying out loud should be implied. Bee told what to think is good for you by some companies is dreadful.


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Always room for improvement Ann, thanks for comment.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Ooo I now feel guilty for having that small bowl of coffee heathbar icecream. It was ben and jerry's and they all natural does that count for healthy!


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Actually, Ice-cream has its benefits, mentally and physically so lets say yay!,Thank you Janny.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Good hub, I rarely eat red meats either, going off them got my cholesterol in shape. Are any of the pictures above of you? J/K ....about the little boy showing his muscles, since all you show is your face (somewhat)it just made me laugh, I always love to laugh, when I can. No offense. Hey you should have saved this one for Sunday.


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Ye I did it for Tuesday or Wednesday, can't remember. And no the photos aren't me lol and never will be ha. Thank you for comment.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hi Sherbet, thanks for all the interesting facts. I agree that 'junk food' eaten moderately is ok as long as you exercise regularly.


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Thank you very much MPG Narratives


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

good information thanks for sharing


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

No problem coolmon.


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Wow Sherbet you covered it all. You did a A1 job!!!! Well done :)


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Thank you my friend :-)


sophs 6 years ago

Great informative hub Sherbet! I'm bookmarking this one and changing my diet today (however I draw the line at carrot juice I'll stick to orange lol) And I'll start playing boxing on the Wii! Thanks for sharing! :)


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

PLease please nooooooo not the bloody wii noooooooo that disaster of a machine is the cause of more injuries than any thing on this planet, all them games, tennis etc, have no weight on them,and when you swing, with no weight=balance, you can easily damage yourself, stupid things, as for carrot juice, I challenge you to add some to your orange juice, it's so dam tasty, trust me.


sophs 6 years ago

Heeeeyyy Sherbet, I've been following your simple diet for 2 weeks now and we're 5lbs down! :) drinking lots of water and eating most of the healthy things you've said and no junk food or takeaways I've never felt better! I havn't tried the carrot juice yet though however I'm going to overcome my fear this weekend lol. Oh and no injuries on the Wii... yet haha! Hope you are well! :)


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Well well that is brilliant sophs my friend, living healthy doesn't have to be about fad diets, just been active, very happy for you, and if your going for carrot juice, either have it with some ginger, or mixed with orange juice yum yum lol, let me know how you get on.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Hey I missed that about the Miso soup first time, I am going to look that up, anything to lower blood pressure! I add carrot, ginger and apple cider (fresh)and banana to kale smoothies, and honey if it needs it doesn't usually but that is a great drink for everything and good and the fresh apple cider is great for pain. I need to freeze some up soon for winter. If you put cider and banana in first you can use a blender, though I have a smoothie maker I pick up blenders almost new for a dollar or two at yard sales.


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Miso is brilliant, can't get enough of it. And you have it very lucky over there in the US and Canada with the yard sales, great bargains, doesn't happen here unfortunately sigh!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Ok I can't talk anyone else into it, you have to try it, 3 or 4 stalks celery, a large carrot chopped, and fresh apple cider, a squirt of honey or not. This is the most delicious drink I have ever made, and it is for arteries or veins, whatever to help prevent high blood pressure-heart attack-stroke. It is a cross between orange and tangerine but so light! Oh I use blender to get it all, just put cider first or at least some, no problem.


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Sherbet Penny 5 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Oh ye, this sounds really good big time !!!

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