What are the benefits of a balanced diet? Well, for starters I am not a fan of just cold turkeying anything from my life.
Especially anything that has any form of addictive characteristics to it like dairy. And I will say that quitting dairy was ten times harder than stopping my meat cravings.
But lets really get into your diet, why will you start restricting yourself just for the sake of living healthy. I understand that our food source now days is filled with GMO, processed meats, and fake you name it. And now you want to go on a diet? What about your kids? Its hard enough getting them fed and out the door, limiting your own food source can be excruciating!
Having your Cake and Eating it too!!!
I will start off by telling you these truths:
- You can’t out train your diet
- 80% of you gains will come outside of the gym
- If beer makes you happy, drink it!
Well, 2 of those were truths and one was more of a slogan.
Here is a small list of my diet test runs:
- Gluten Free
- Seafood (as in I see food I eat it)
- Midwest (meat and potatoes)
I will say all of these but one concentrate heavily on cutting something out! And when things go full circle, most likely you will give up on your limiting diet and go back to the balanced diet. The only problem is that it is balanced in the wrong way.
What are the benefits of a balanced diet?
If you are properly balancing your diet, then you are aware of calories, how your body works, and what it needs. So, just find where you get a lot of what you don’t need and tip the scales in the opposite direction.
For example, if you are like me you like beer. And some days I love beer! But if I try cut beer out of my diet, I get very sad. So in order to balance out the empty calories and carbs of beer, I cut out extra carbs in other parts of my diet.
That means I may have more protein or fats in the AM or afternoon to balance out the microbrewery tour in the evening.
On the flip side, you can do the same with cake, chocolate, or other sweets. Got cake? Awesome, take a bite and satisfy your cravings, just don’t make it a meal.
Here are the benefits:
On a balanced diet you are getting a good amount of:
You won’t get crazy urges when you find the right balance and you will satisfy your taste buds by have a piece of heaven now and then. The key to a balanced diet is balancing it out with your exercise and workout routine.
Once you get on a proper routine, try just as hard to get your diet in line!
To keep it simple…
- No or limit your packages or wrappers (processed foods)
- Add some greens
- Switch to salads at night instead of lunch
- Get good whole grains like steel cut oats or old fashioned oatmeal in the AM
- Add some good snacks like nuts and berries mid-morning and afternoon
- Have one great cheat meal a week
- Find a way to prep your food to make convenience a snap
Making it Easy!
Here are some good tips on what to prep:
Carbs – Steel cut oats (throw the instant in the trash), Brown rice (boil in the bag is fine or use a rice cooker), and choose a good whole grained bread
Protein – Lean meats like chicken or turkey, Greek yogurt, nuts and seeds
Fats – Don’t be scared of fats, just choose the right ones! Avacadoes, nuts like almonds, and coconut or olive oil
Greens – Add greens to your diet somewhere and if that is a problem, pick a good blender!
Fruits – Blueberries are great, just watch your sugars in fruit like grapes. If you love grapes, awesome just don’t eat the whole bunch at once!!
With this cheat sheet you will be able to master your balanced diet and find a way to make it convenient!
What are the benefits of a balanced diet? Healthy living with out cutting out your favorite foods. Was this post helpful? Start a conversation and leave your comments below…