This is Step Four of my Makeover Plan. I need to sort out the types of food I am going to eat.
|A salad to enjoy|
There is a lot of “advice” around on what makes a nutritional diet, but so much of it is contradictory that it gets very confusing to sort out. Even the standard “low-fat” advice is now being questioned, at the same time as we seem to be tipping headfirst into a “sugar is evil” trend. Will that advice change in ten years, back to what it used to be decades ago (that we should have some sugar in our diet)?
I have been giving this subject some deep thought (my brain hurts!) and these are some of my conclusions:
o We are all different and different things suit different people, so what is it that suits me?
o I don’t believe in cutting out whole food groups. There are good fats, good sugars, even good salts, that we should be eating. It is the “bad” ones we need to avoid.
o I love food! Food adds immensely to my enjoyment of living so I do not want to become paranoid about what I eat.
o The one thing nutritionists appear to agree upon is that overly refined and processed foods are not good for us.
o I am inclined to lean towards the “a little bit of what you love is good for you” – as long as it is only a little bit and not too often!
o Eat a wide variety of different foodstuffs, cooking from scratch whenever possible.
o Always be thankful for the food you eat.
I’ve made pages of notes about my thoughts on this subject, slept on it several times, looked again through several of the books I own, carefully considered how I react to certain foods, and I seem to have come to an answer:
o Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably seasonal
o Eat meat 3-5 times a week
o Eat seafood 1-2 times a week, including oily fish once a week
o Eat eggs, but minimize my intake of dairy (milk, cheese)
o Have a controlled portion of carbohydrates with every meal
o Include good fats in my diet, but limit the amount used
o Drink plenty of pure water
o Only drink alcohol when eating food, and then limit the amount
o Avoid artificial sweeteners, colourings, flavourings and preservatives
o Limit intake of refined foods like sugar and white flour
o Allow self to “cheat” on special occasions
My next step is Portion Control, and then I should have a good set of guidelines I can follow.
For nearly a week now I have had no ice-cream for dessert in the evening and I am sleeping much better – who would think that there could be a connection between those two?