“We all make our best decisions from positivity … It’s what you add to a diet that’s important (and by diet I mean collection of things one eats, not restriction of things). What you take away is less important” said Nigella Lawson at a Business Chicks Breakfast in Sydney recently.
We absolutely agree. That’s always been our focus in GI News and at Hit 100. We want to cut through the confusion and help you enjoy good food and good health with good information to make good decisions when adding to the “collection of things” you eat.
What to add? There’s no need to mortgage the house and rush out and stock up on celebrity superfoods such as teff, maca, sprouted grains and pepitas or even fill your fridge with pricey salmon and blueberries. Good wholesome foods you can afford and your family will enjoy will do the trick. After all, full tummies and clean plates is what it’s all about. That means shopping for:
• Lean protein – dairy foods, eggs, fish, meat, chicken and legumes (beans, peas and lentils). These are the body builders. They maintain our body tissues and help us meet our needs for certain vitamins (especially B vitamins) and minerals (especially iron, zinc and calcium from dairy foods if you eat them)
• Good fats – nuts, seeds, oils, avocados and coconuts that provide us with the fatty acids that are part of our cell membranes and help us absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
• Good carbs – fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, grains and milk or yoghurt that give us much more than energy. They provide us with the fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients we need.
How you put it all together is up to you. There isn’t just one way as we can see from different healthy populations around the globe (these populations/areas are called Blue Zones). They don’t diet, cut out foods or go to the gym but do have ten times more chance of living a healthy, happy, active life until they are 100 than most of us. The foods (mostly plants) they enjoy are as noteworthy for their diversity as for what they share. In Loma Linda, California, they are vegans. In Costa Rica, their diet includes eggs, dairy, and meat. In Ikaria, Greece, and Sardinia, Italy, they practice variations on the theme of Mediterranean diets. In Okinawa, Japan, a traditional plant-based, rice-centric diet produces the same outstanding results. They are also active every day; get plenty of sleep; are not stressed out; and have strong social connections.
These foods and the traditional staples we make from them such as noodles, pasta, couscous and good quality grainy, seedy breads are the ingredients that inspire us to head for the kitchen, don an apron, and expand our own healthy eating choices every day.
Blog post kindly donated from GI News, Glycemic Index Foundation.
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