What is a healthy diet?
What is a healthy diet?
Let’s just clear one thing up straight away. At Sulston’s Kitchen we do not believe in ‘diets’. And by this we mean restricting oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food or drink in order to lose weight. The ‘diet’ in the title of this blog refers to the kinds of food that a person habitually eats. Their nutritional intake, if you like. We see this as a much more positive way to look at the food we put into our bodies. And since food is regarded as the sole source of energy and nourishment for the human body, it is extremely important to make sure that the nutrition we get is the right kind.
It is widely accepted that nutrition is very important for our bodies but most people never really contemplate why. Here’s our reason:
Poor nutrition has a detrimental effect on the body
Unhealthy eating habits, such as consuming foods that contain a high amount of trans fat, refined sugar or nasty oils, can destroy the body. The effect of a poor nutritional diet can take time to present itself fully, but it does, with dire side affects including death! The trends and causes of death in the population are influenced by a broad range of factors but according to Public Health England, the behavioural risk factors contributing to the highest proportion of deaths in 2013 were poor diet and tobacco smoking.
Poor nutrition impacts quality of life
Continuing a poor diet pattern that causes the body to miss the nutrients it requires can negatively affect our quality of life. In a best-case scenario, poor nutrition can lead to lowered energy levels, lethargy and tiredness and reduced mental sharpness. In the worst cases, it can lead to disabilities and chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and heart attack.
Right, enough doom and gloom. Lets look at the positive side.
The benefits of good nutrition on the body include:
- Better quality of life
- Stress management and ability to cope better
- Increased energy and mental sharpness
- Strengthened immune system, helping to ward off illness and injury
- Much less fatigue
- Improved physical performance
Our (not so) secret to a healthy diet is balance, variety and moderation. The human body needs carbohydrates, protein and fats. These are the three main elements of nutrition (macronutrients). We believe that these three components should be sensibly balanced to avoid suffering from problems related to deficiency. Additionally, the body requires vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) but there is no single food that will deliver all of these. For instance, vitamin C boosts iron absorption so eating citrus fruits and juices at the same time as beans and lentils will help absorb more iron. This is why we advocate that people should incorporate a variety of foods in their diet. Finally moderation is key (how many times have you heard that?!) when we advise customers on nutrition at Sulston’s Kitchen we always suggest that a little bit of what you like is better than cutting it out as you can guarantee, if you cut it out you will only want it more!
Did you know?
At Sulston’s Kitchen we offer a meal plan delivery service that will take all the stress out of preparing your meals so you can be safe in the knowledge you have nutrient dense, freshly prepared food ready to eat at home, take to work or keep you fuelled whilst on the go. We deliver twice a week to your front door* and at a time of your choice. All the meals are macronutrient analysed to give you the protein, fat, carbohydrate and calorie content of each one.
Now there really is no excuse not to have a healthy diet!
Check out the menus and pricing here: https://www.sulstonskitchen.co.uk/delivery-service
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