Complex carbohydrates or starchy foods should provide the main bulk of most meals. These foods include bread, cereals, fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice and potatoes. They are not fattening as is widely believed. Eating healthily can quickly turn into a difficult task though as it is very easy to add fat to these foods, for example by spreading butter on bread which isn't a good idea as it makes the fat content and calories increase. Starchy foods do contain fibre though which is excellent for bowel movement regularity and controlling appetite as you feel full after consumption. Ensure your healthy eating campaign gets off to a great start and remember that moderation is the key.
Fruit and vegetables should be consumed daily. Five portions of different varieties should be sufficient to promote good health as you get roughage or fibre as well as a multitude of essential vitamins and minerals to compliment your diet. The antioxidants you'll gain through consuming these foods are also great for keeping your body healthy. The risk of developing cancers and heart disease is immensely reduced. Constipation can also be prevented.
Most people consume more protein than they require. We are omnivores, so we eat a balanced diet naturally. Meats, fish, pulses, nuts and poultry are all excellent sources of protein as is Marmite! Try to reduce the fat content of meat by removing as much as possible prior to consumption. Avoid thick, rich, creamy sauces that often accompany meat or fish, as part of meals. Oily fish is recommended to eat around once or twice a week. Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as mackerel and sardines help to prevent furring of the arteries which can lead to angina, heart attacks and strokes.
Low fat diets reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes too and help you to sustain your ideal weight. Saturated fats should be avoided whilst unsaturated fats (found in sunflower oil, olive oil and low fat spreads)are healthier for you in small amounts. The consumption of sugary foods and drinks should be reduced immensely as well. They are high in calories and are bad for your teeth. Salty foods are also not good or you. You do require a small quantity of salt in your diet to ensure your body has enough sodium to perform its usual chemical reactions. Avoid fast foods, pre-packaged and processed foods to limit your salt intake. Low salt diets prove to be highly beneficial to your health. High blood pressure and heart disease can be prevented for longer.