Choosing the right foods in your diet is essential to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Many diet plans often skip or have minimal amounts of a certain meal, which in fact is very bad for you. If you are wanting to loose weight, feel more energetic or look better below is a guideline to help you choose foods that will achieve these goals.
Breakfast is proven to be the most important meal of the day as it supplies you with all the energy and nutrients you need to go throughout your busy day. Carbohydrates should be found in the majority of your breakfast, particularly whole grain cereals as Lisa Moskovitz, owner of The New York Dietitian’s says that:
“Breakfast happens to be the best time to get in heart healthy fibre from whole grain cereal and oats which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol,”
Whole grain cereals such as oats or wheat produce slow releasing energy when compared to sugary processed foods such as biscuits that produce fast releasing energy. These whole grain cereals will ensure that your blood sugar levels do not spike, which will, as said by Lisa Moskovitz, lower cholesterol.
Fruits should also be apart of a healthy breakfast as they also give you energy and vital vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals should be had at breakfast as your body stores them and uses them throughout the day. Bananas, blueberries and raspberries are great fruits to have at breakfast as they are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and energy.
Lunch should be had half way through the day. Lunch should aim to reenergise the body as well as supply the body with protein, so the body can rebuild itself after the first half of the busy day. Lunch keeps your metabolism active and ensures that the body does not starve for an extended period of time (Dr. Kurt Hong, N.A).
Whole grain bread, a poached egg and sliced tomato is a good example of a lunch that contributes carbohydrates, protein and vitamins. Cheese can also be used in your lunch to provide fats, but cheese should be taken in moderate amounts as some cheeses do have high amounts of saturated fats.
Dinner is good time to re-supply your body with vitamins, minerals and protein, as your body has lost many of these nutrients during the day. Dinner also aims to recharge your body through the night so you can sleep well and wake up refreshed (Healthadvisor, 2017).
Lean meat, brown rice and vegetables are a good example of foods you can eat for dinner. This will supply your body with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for your body to repair and replenish.
Whenever you feel hungry outside your meal times your body is usually asking you for more energy or protein. A good choice is then to have peanut butter toast, fruit or vegetables. These foods will give your body a small amount of energy or protein, which ensures you do not go hungry until meal times. Healthy snacking between meal times helps keep your blood sugar levels even.
Remember that your body is also a temple for the Holy Spirit as it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.