There are several steps that you need to follow, while designing a healthy eating program. In today’s article, we will be highlighting those steps. Before going any further, it is important for us to define ‘healthy eating’. In that regard, we will all agree that healthy eating is that which entails (mostly) the consumption of substances that are helpful to the body. Conversely, healthy eating entails (mostly) the elimination of substances that are likely to be unhelpful to the body – including those that are outright harmful. With that definition in mind, we can now proceed to look at the steps you need to follow, while designing a healthy eating program. That is where we come to learn that in designing a healthy eating program you need to:
Identify the (specific) foods whose consumption you will be increasing: these, as per the definition above, should be the foods that are likely to be helpful to the body. Ideally, in a healthy eating program, every food you eat should be one that is likely to be helpful in a tangible way. You therefore need to study and identify the nutrients that are contained in various foods, so as to identify the foods that are truly likely to be helpful.
Identify the foods whose consumption you will be reducing: these should be the foods that are likely to be unhelpful. It makes no sense for you to be consuming something that is unhelpful to you (even if it is not outright harmful).
Identify the foods whose consumption you will be eliminating: all the foodstuffs that are potentially harmful need to be eliminated. For instance, you may need to do away with foods that have too much cholesterol, foods that have too much sugar, foods that are too salty… and so on.
Identify the best preparation methods for the various foods: this is where, for instance, rather than deep frying your food, you can opt to be boiling it. Or where rather than grilling your foods, you can be steaming them. Remember, an otherwise healthy food can be made unhealthy by the way it is prepared
Ensure that you get a wholly balanced diet: you need to ensure that your healthy eating program has foods that provide you with all the nutrients you need – including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and so on. By the way, eating a healthy diet doesn’t necessarily mean having to spend too much money. Even if you are a low level temp worker at a company like, say, Lowes (meaning that you receive your paystubs through the Myloweslife portal), you can nonetheless afford a balanced diet. You just need to plan well, and ensure that you take full advantage of the foods that are in season at any given point in time.