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How To Create A Balanced Diet: What To Avoid, And What To Eat

How to avoid the “big-foods” and “little-foods” crowding the grocery store shelves? My personal choices are: a large salad, lean fish, fruit, vegetables, bread and pasta, cheese, nut butters, and seeds. Some others are egg whites/protein/legumes/nuts, seeds/nuts, and dairy products (cheeses, yoghurt, yogurt). I will post the nutritional info for each.

With so many choices out there, its easy to eat in a certain way and get sick while you choose. And how can you know what you choose to eat? Well, food is a reflection of our beliefs about the world we live in. So what determines which foods reflect which beliefs about how the world works? There are more than just the foods you eat. The foods you eat in combination with other foods (or drinks) and the way you choose to prepare the foods also impact your body. Just like how most people will choose to eat different types of food regardless of what it is called (i.e. “cooking” chicken instead of steak or “blending” meat into potatoes may be called cooking). The foods and how foods are prepared also impact on how they affect your body. If you choose to eat healthy, you must also choose ways of preparing healthy foods. It is no accident that we get sick when we choose to eat poor healthy food. But there are times when we are forced to eat badly in a bad place or in a hurry to try a new food or drink.

But what are the differences that make it different than normal eating habits? In my opinion, the following differences in eating habits will influence how your body responds to certain foods:

The choice (as shown above) is a reflection of how you view the world:  What’s a choice? What’s bad?

A person’s belief about the world is important here. The more you believe something to be unhealthy, unnatural, or something that shouldn’t be on your plate, the more your body takes those things into account when trying to make a judgement about the “healthiness” of a food. The more you view food as a choice, the more you will see the harm food causes. The more you see food in a distorted moral/ethical light, the more you will be biased in your perception of healthy foods.

The less time you spend in the kitchen (and thus, doing the cooking) is crucial here. If you are in a hurry to cook food up and you have no idea how to cook it or what it should taste like, your body will have little time to consider the benefits, or even the harm, of food. If you cook your food for you, or you prepare in advance, then you will get much more time to think about what is healthy and what isn’t.

Choosing unhealthy food can negatively influence your life in many ways:

1.  You can’t afford to eat healthy foods: When I make these points to people, the first thing they think about is money. It’s a very easy way to judge food when you cannot afford what you are eating. That is how much control you have on food, and even if you do have a budget, you are a slave to it. Your choices are dictated by the food you eat.

2.  You can’t afford to buy healthy food, so your money goes to buying unhealthy food: When you can afford it, or if you can borrow/sell money, you pay your bills, buy healthy food and have fun. Why buy a car or go on vacation when you have a healthy car or a healthy vacation?

3.  You are a slave to your health: When we are forced to pay the bills and put food on our table, we are forced to eat healthy food and eat healthy food as quickly as we can with the least amount of thought. This includes eating fast food when you have a busy schedule. We are also forced to buy the foods that we are allowed to eat.

4.  You are ashamed about where you get your food from:  There are still certain countries and countries that have poor nutrition. In those societies, there will be a huge number of people (especially the females) who have to eat outside and eat whatever they can get their hands on. There are many countries that live in poverty by virtue of living beyond the borders of the food chains.