This is the deal, "healthy eating" means consuming the right quantities of proper, health-promoting foods from three crucial food groups: Proteins, healthy Carbohydrates, and healthy Fats (the three amigos). Yes, it's as simple as that. But holy cow, why is it so difficult? There is so much conflicting information out there, no wonder we are a confused society!
On top of it, we hear that dreaded word..."diet", which has gotten a pretty bad rap. We are told that a diet means we have to restrict certain foods, like carbs or fats, up the protein, no wait, eat the carbs and not the protein, wait, fat IS good? STOP the madness! So, first things first, the word "diet" simply means what foods we eat in the course of 24-hours, one week, or a one month period of time. Basically, the food and/or beverages we consume in terms of quantity, quality, and its effect on our health. There you go. You're off the hook. You no longer have to dread Monday because that's when you're going to start your restrictive, tasteless, boring diet. You get to look forward to "changing up your diet" and exploring new foods and ways to eat! Woo hoo!
No doubt you have been told the importance of eating a good, balanced diet. So let's break it down. A "good" diet is a nutritional lifestyle that promotes good health. A good diet must include several food groups, because one single group cannot provide everything a human needs for optimal health. A "balanced" diet means getting the right types and amounts of foods and drinks to supply nutrition and energy for maintaining the body's cells, tissues, and organs, and for supporting normal growth and development.
With that said, I'm not going to waste your time telling you all the foods to stay away from. You know it and are sick of hearing it. Healthy Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats all work in conjuction with one another to keep us lean, focused, and energized. It is crucial to incoporate all three in every meal and/or snack. So, 5-3-3. That's all you need to remember. Five small meals a day, every three hours, each meal/snack including the three amigos. Whatcha think? Doable?