What does a healthy diet mean to me?
We’ve all said it, probably around the time we’re thinking of New Year’s Resolutions, or if we realise our jeans are getting a bit tight, ‘…going to have to start eating healthier.’
But what does healthy actually mean, both for our bodies and our diet? How do we define healthy, well the World Health Organisation states it is…
“a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
What do we normally mean by healthy, for all too many of us eating healthy is a euphemism for going on yet another calorie restriction of food group restricting diet. But the fact that we repeat the same cycle time and time again means that our all or nothing approach to sudden crash diets isn’t working. Maybe it’s time for us to start looking at what healthy means for us, because reality is that surviving on small amounts of food and hating every mouthful is definitely unhealthy.
A healthy diet should provide us with the nutrients to meet the requirements of being in a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing. We can break our food groups down into Macro and Micro Nutrients.
The Macro nutrients, the broader scale groups include carbohydrates, protein, fat and fibre, and despite what every second diet blog seems to tell you, we do need all of them. The micronutrients include all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. There are far too many to list, and more than even a multivitamin can provide. The only way to ensure we get all these micronutrients is to eat a varied and balanced diet.
What does that mean, a balanced diet? Well it’s about forming the core of your diet around good quality unprocessed foods and having what you want in moderation. Fruit, vegetables and sources of good protein, such as dairy, meat and vegetarian alternatives, carbohydrates including potatoes and grains and cereals such as rice and wheat, all have a place in our diet. As do the things we’re constantly told are bad for us, by denying all the things we enjoy we are far more likely to give up on the entire idea of a healthy diet and eat junk food and processed foods that are just putting the bad things in our bodies and none of the good things.
But what if we do want to lose weight, then it’s about making healthy habits, one at a time and building on each. This can be adding more vegetables to every meal, drinking plenty of water, and adding small things to our diet that can boost how our body is operating and make sure we’re getting all the antioxidants and micronutrients we need. Such as adding a little bottle of noni juice to your diet each day.
Drinking noni juice isn’t a cure all, you need a healthy lifestyle to create a healthy body. But the science is exploring the fact that we are missing some of the vital nutrients we all need, and a little bottle of juice from the sunny south Pacific may be the difference between making the changes towards being healthy, or not.