WHAT IS HEALTHY EATING?
by Lucia Lodererova
WHAT IS DIET?
To begin with, the word DIET does not mean restrictions, quick fixes, or fad-diets. Diet means “all food and drinks, which are habitually consumed by individual or population.” The primary purpose of all these blogs is to improve your health and empower you! It is a guide on your journey and enjoyment of a healthy lifestyle.
WHAT IS FOOD?
The food itself originates from an animal or plant and is solid or liquid form. Anything edible, culturally acceptable, provides energy and nutrients. However, food is more than just nutrients and fuel for the body. Food is an integral part of our social life, culture, enjoyment.
Firstly, it is essential to acknowledge that every individual has unique energy and nutrients requirements. We are all different, and no one size fits all! How much energy we need can be estimated to every individual according to several factors, for example, body composition, age, gender, and the overall physical activity. The guidance for the population says that females need around 2000kcal/day and male 2500 kcal/day (including all consumed food and drinks). Overall, a healthy diet provides energy through macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) and the right amounts of essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Nutrients and calories availability is not alway 100% accurate. The estimation is there, but there is no need to focus on each number too much. The variety and balance are important. A well-balanced diet is an important lifestyle factor for good health.
GUIDANCE FOR HEALTHY EATING
TAKE HOME MESSAGES
By eating a variety of food, being sensible how much we eat and how much we move, we aim to create the balance. Staying well hydrated and enjoying our lifestyle is part of the well-being journey.