The Definitive Guide To Healthy Eating For You and Your Family

Does anyone actually know what healthy eating is? It seem like every week there is a new diet or meal plan trend where you have to cut out certain food and increase amounts of others. Is healthy eating calorie controlled? Or is just about nutritious foods? Read on to find out.

The calorie controlled myth

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Ok, so first of all let’s look at calorie control Is this healthy eating? Well, in once sense you could agree that it was. The body needs a certain amount of calories a day to function. If we get that amount of calories, around 2000 for women, 2500 for men and 1,600 to 2,500 a day for children we stay at a healthy weight.

However, if you eat more than the allotted amount you will put on weight. East less and you will lose it. Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?

However, the problem with calorie control is that it doesn’t give you any idea about food that nourishes your body. It’s all just reduced down to how much energy the food possess.

In addition, in this body conscious world, we live in, it can be all too easy to become obsessed with the number of calories that you consume in a day. This can lead to a very unhealthy psychological relationship with food and can be counter-productive in the long run.

Nutrition

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Next, let’s look at nutrition. Traditionally nutrition is split into four main categories. Carbohydrates and starches, proteins, fruits and veg and fats. For a healthy diet, you should aim for a pyramid ratio with fats on the top. That means a few fats, slightly more protein, more again of fruit and veg and that the largest part of our diet should be made up of carbohydrates. This is scientifically testing and researched and is probably the easiest way to a healthy balanced diet.

However recently some of the new diet trends have put this ratio system into question. Some like the clean eating movement also emphasize the increased intake of good fats and the removal of anything processed.

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In relation to clean eating the thought process is that healthy fats help you to metabolize the board fats in your system.  Also, processed foods contain fillers that are unnecessary like fat, sugar, and preservatives. Which our bodies often cannot process and so end up turning to fat.

In this way clean eating makes sense. As we all know that cooking healthy recipes at home, is a better move than eating process prepacked food brought from a store.

Cutting Out Food Groups

Some diets go even further than this and ask us to cut out certain food groups altogether. For example, the Paleo diet suggests cutting out the carbs completely. But increasing the protein and fats section.

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Other diets involve eating only raw, low fat or low sugar foods. This can be difficult when you are cooking for all the family at home. However, each plan needs to be judged on its own merits. It may be that your particular body composition would benefit in a reduction of certain ingredients.

However completely cutting out any food group is likely to be unmanageable in the long run.

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Cut Your Food Shopping Bill With These Cost Saving Tips

Your food shopping bill can be one of those costs that no matter how hard you try you can never predict. This is normally because many of us don’t have a plan or prepare when it comes to our food shopping. A lot of us can head to our local store and buy what we think we need, sometimes buying too much, often spending more than we should. Which is why, for many of us, we would like to save as much money as we can on our food bill. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can cut your food shopping bill with some of these cost saving tips.

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Meal planning

Planning your meals in advance can be one of the biggest ways you save money. It can take a little time to prepare yourself, but once it’s done, you will wonder why you haven’t always done it. All you need to do is sit down and work out the meals you want for the rest of the week. From those meals, you can then create a list to head out to the food store with. You end up only buying what you need, which reduces the overall cost and also what you may waste.

Save on waste

It’s inevitable, at some point we will buy something that we don’t end up eating or using. For many reasons. You could have decided to eat out as a treat, or working late prevents you from wanting to eat the meal you planned. In that case, you run the risk of wasting the food you bought due to use by dates and them getting spoiled. So this is where buying a food saving machine could be a great thing to do. This is where you can vacuum seal the food and then freeze it to use another time. Overall you save on waste and create another meal alternative for the future.

Use vouchers and discount codes when shopping

Using vouchers can make a real saving to your overall food bill. You can find them anywhere. In magazines, on store websites or even specific voucher websites online. They only work if you use them on the things you would normally buy. It defeats the object by buying something just because you have a voucher if it’s not something you would normally use. Vouchers can offer money off or a percentage off the prices, either way, the total you save could add up. You could also consider discount codes if you do some of your shopping online.

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Batch cooking

Finally, cooking food in batches can save you money in the long term. A lot of the time buying ingredients in bulk can offer you a big saving overall. This is where you could consider creating a certain meal and portioning it up for the freezer. These are very handy when you know you will have less time to prepare a meal. Having something ready made that’s healthy and nutritious is a great solution.

I hope these tips help you save money on your food shopping bill.

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