"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

What is healthy food?

Lisa Cutforth - Saturday, April 10, 2010

Your question answered:

I am confused by what is good food?  High protein, low fat, low carb?

  I just don't know what makes up the 80 % in the 80:20 principle.


It is easy to get confused by all the mixed messages and seemingly contradictory information out there.

What constitutes healthy food? 
Here are some pointers of what to eat 80 % of the time:
  • Food closely resembling it's most natural form (unprocessed)
  • A variety of different foods. Eat a Rainbow! 
  • Food that agrees with your body.  (If you get a bad reaction or it doesn't make you feel good, don't eat it!) 
  • Fresh local food in season
  • Organic where possible
  • Mostly vegetarian: beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, soya, vegetables, fruit, grains, cereals, plant oils
  • Foods free from artificial chemicals and additives:  organic, preservative free, free from flavorings and artificial colours and sweeteners.
  • Eat food from each of these groups daily: vegetables, fruit, protein, fats and oils, carbohydrates
  • Choose quality over quantity.  Rather eat a smaller amount of good quality produce than a large amount of poor quality food.
  • Eat some raw food every day, the enzymes and nutrients are SO good for you.

 

Myths: Low fat, low carb, high protein is healthiest

Fat is good, a food that is labelled "low fat" is not necessarily healthier.  Fat is essential in the diet.  Good fats are natural fats, and generally plant oils/fats are better than animal fats (with the exception of fish oils), generally unsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats (with the exception of coconut oil, which although saturated is a very healthy fat).  Fat is high in "energy" or calories so don't overindulge, particularly in animal fats.  Avoid trans fats and hydrogenated fats at all costs.

Low Carb is not necessarily healthier.  Carbohydrates are essential.  Your brain, nerve and muscle cells require glucose to function properly and carbohydrate rich foods contain the main source of fibre your bowels need to keep healthy.  However choosing low glycaemic carbs is a good idea.  Lower glycaemic carbohydrates are usually complex carbohydrates, unrefined or wholegrain and include certain vegetables and fruits.  But you can safely assume all fruit and vegetables are healthy (poisonous or allegies excepted). 

High protein is not necessarily healthy although daily protein is advisable.  Too much protein can put strain on your vital organs like your kidneys and digestive tract, especially if accompanied with a low carbohydrate regime.  Eat some good quality protein everyday.  Good quality protein includes: nuts, seeds, fish, eggs

 

 Please email me with further questions.

 



Recent Posts


Tags

quick recipes fresh sugar and adhd homocysteine taking responsibility are grains healthy motivation healthy cooking demonstration sexy salads soft drink and behavior problems nutritious cooking fussy eaters celebrate life how to be happy success and you weight blood pressure memory natural toothpaste quick eating solutions skipping meals dancing food intolerances Nutritional Therapist diet diary of a nutritionist healthy fast food, healthy take away strength stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress nutritionists diet diary avoiding a choice skip meals 7 steps to detox allergies dangers of multitasking while you eat hunger and stress nutritious high cholesterol life best exercise health comfort pig the power to choose sexy salad heart foundation tick explained improve your memory increasing energy to know and not do is not yet to know seasonal quick and tasty recipes I don't get hungry trans fats what is healthy food low calorie diet make stress work for you Nina Simone maintain a healthy weight, underweight support your body corporate wellness benefits of sleeping breast cancer prevention fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys fruit and vegetable shortage recipe life choices detox do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources how to get more of exercise fresh start getting fit is chocolate bad for me should I eat organic veggies gluten intolerance focus relax 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart sensitivity to milk reasons to eat foods in season health pioneers happiness course lunch quizz ways to improve prostate health sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas overindulge wrong type of exercise, exercise and results brain health what is movember soft drink and behaviour problems anxiety reducing coffee relationship with food recipies soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity prostate cancer comfort eating recipes for allergies making time to relax food allergies cooking class in brisbane heart disease how to say no healthy shopping I've Got Life breakfast go for 2 and 5 immune boosting tips muscle wasting Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah love food healthy cooking party foods in season, seasonal recipes have fun in the kitchen addicted to chocolate fun dance comfort foods ability to respond feels good ask my doctor Sensational pop-eye and spinach assertiveness low calorie meal plan the tummy beast breast cancer awareness Egg allergy libido herbal toothpaste low cholesterol performance drugfree alternatives Add new tag gift mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo mood simple 7 day detox plan benefits of strength training, why you should strength train alzheimers life lessons childrens lunch boxes muffins weight loss Lisa's Diary how to check your breasts health with 10 % effort benefits to keeping a diet diary real food cholesterol lowering diet delicious how to avoid injury during exercise nutritionist in brisbane healthy cooking parties diet diary image Cancer is sugar bad new year's resolutions love, loneliness how to love exercise cooking with allergies taking a break immune system fruit music fatigue healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut healthy shopping list obesity empty your mind food sensitivities Alan Pease organic vegetables nutritionist 10 % principle how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results great second hand books what is a good breakfast natural alternatives to drugs health for busy people sugar and add weightloss have more energy energy health one step at a time four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication keep focused are frozen veggies any good calorie controlled diet indigestion time management and healthy living control Happiness Lactose intolerance which is better for you butter or margarine salad cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia Laughter and stress nutrition happiness workshop christmas

Archive