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Nutrition basics (2)

Most of us do not have a great understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet. There are many different diets, books, companies, professors and scientists that all claim to know the most relevant, most efficient and healthiest manner of eating. Some are worth listening to, but some are just trying to sell their crappy products. In our previous article we have tried to give you a guideline to what is ‘healthy’ and what is not. 

Here are a couple of more principles that will lead to a healthier lifestyle and possibly longer life:

1 BALANCE, MODERATION AND VARIETY

Do not eat a meal consisting of only carbs, protein, or fat. Have balanced meals consisting of the 3 macronutrients. Focus on carbs before your surf and proteins after your session for muscle recovery. Avoid eating the same thing every day. Try to eat seasonally and do not overeat certain foods. 

2 READ LABELS

Start reading food labels and know what the terms mean. There is a difference between saturated and unsaturated fats, coconut oil and vegetable oil. Be careful for food with preservatives (E200-E299,E330-E341) and too much sugar. Do your research and do not believe immediately if the package claims it is ‘healthy’. Always double check the ingredients label.

3 EAT TILL SATISFIED, NOT FULL

If you are full at the end of a meal you have overdone it. Try smaller servings or use a smaller plate until you are satisfied. If you feel sluggish, nauseated or tired, try to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. Sit down, relax and enjoy every mouthful. Your body will optimally digest when you are relaxed.

4 LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Be conscious and mindful on how you feel after eating a certain food. Does your stomach hurt or do you experience bad skin the day after? Your poop or urine color can also tell you things about your water and food intake.

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