Our meals are designed to assist you in bringing out a better you. They are here to help you realize your health goals. They are here to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. They are not here to do everything for you. Our meals work best when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. You need to move. You need to keep your body as active and as mobile as possible. But you also need to eat well. Medical Meals can aid the effectiveness of a healthy diet, but just what is a healthy diet?
Scientists and dietitians are always going back and forth on what’s good for us, and what isn’t. Should we be vegans, vegetarians, or cavemen? Are we allergic to dairy, or gluten? Should we eat some bread, no bread or bread substitutes? The questions don’t seem to stop, and the answers don’t seem to stop changing. what we do know is that there are some basic things our bodies need, and some basic sources. They key is to choose the healthiest possible source, and consume in moderation. So what are those sources?
First things first, eat your veggies. Vegetables contain nearly all of the nutrients we need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Broccoli is loaded with protein, potassium and Vitamin C. Spinach is full of potassium, Vitamins K and and A, calcium and iron. Carrots give you what you need for strong eyesight, and even help prevent cancer. All vegetables provide you with some piece of the nutrient pie that keeps our bodies going. The main thing we need to remember is variety. Mix up the colors as much as possible, and get the freshest vegetables you can find. If you do that, you can almost eat as much as you want.
Fruits are the dessert of a healthy diet. They give us many different vitamins and minerals and nutrients, and they have a nice, sweet flavor. Bananas, apples, oranges and pears are all great ways to satiate that sweet tooth, and keep you healthy and active. Fruits give us energy, and they help prevent diseases and illnesses.
Bread has been a staple food of many different civilizations since the beginning of time. Countries have been built on it, and criminals have been put away for stealing it (then promptly fed with a piece of it and a cup of water). We even talk about the day we learned to slice the stuff as the best idea in recent history. As great as this stuff is, we have to be careful with it. Some breads, or grains, are known as refined grains. We don’t want all of the grains we eat to be refined grains. Breads and pastas made form refined grains lack the nutrients typically gained from grain, and they include some chemicals and elements that are not beneficial to our bodies. It’s best to make sure that at least half, if not all, of the bread and pasta we eat come from whole grains. Whole grains carry many different vitamins that help our bodies function at optimum levels.
Milk does a body good, but just what kind of good? Our bones hold everything up, they’re the framework for the entire body. Without them, we would all just be piles of tissue and mush. A building is only as strong as its foundation and framework, the same goes for the body. The calcium found in milk is exactly what our bones need to be strong enough for a healthy, active lifestyle. We shouldn’t take in too much dairy, though. It can add a lot of unnecessary fat to our diets. Some of us are even allergic to dairy. Thankfully, there are alternatives. Almonds, dark, leafy greens – like spinach – and even some dried fruits, can all be sources of calcium. Some companies also produce calcium-enriched soy products similar to milk, cheese and yogurt. Wherever you get it, find yourself some calcium; it does a body good.
Protein helps keep our bodies going. It assists in the building, and maintaining, of muscles. It produces hormones and enzymes necessary to our bodies. It also assists in the production of energy, preventing malnutrition and just helping us feel full. Protein is an important part of our diet. Beef, chicken and eggs are all strong sources of protein, but they also come with a price. Eating too much of these delicious proteins will add a little too much fat and cholesterol to your system. Chicken is usually pretty good for you, but fish is better. Fish will give you the protein you need, and some Omega-3 fatty acids that also improve the functioning of your coronary system. You can also try peas, beans, soy products, almonds and other nuts and seeds. The important thing is to not focus too much on any one source, but to vary the foods you eat to get the protein you need.
Whatever you do, don’t eat too much. All of these foods are excellent, and even necessary. But we all know what can happen when you get too much of a good thing. Manage your portions, and take the time to enjoy your food. If you still aren’t getting what you need, and you find yourself suffering from things like diabetes and IBS, then you may want to add one of our dietary supplements to your diet.