This blog today is about a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle can mean a lot of things. And is for everyone different. So my question to you is, what are your thoughts of a healthy lifestyle? Just think about it. You can write them in de comments or if you want to talk, just send me an e-mail.
If you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle, it is not only important to eat healthy and exercise. It is also feeling good in the body and mind. Those are also crucial parts. In this blog I will be discussing more about the general points and in the future I will write more in detail for specific subjects.
When I think of a healthy lifestyle, I think of
Relationships with other and myself
And probably there are a lot more than above.
This is a difficult subject because there are a lot of different theories about what is healthy food and what is not. Because I come from a scientific back ground as a dietitian I am talking more about that point of view and the current recommendations of Belgium (www.gezondleven.be).
The recommendation for eating healthy are visually explained in the food triangle.
I find this visually very easy to see what you should eat more and less off. In the description below I have tried to explain a little more of how much you should eat of each category.
Drink mainly water: 1.5 litres a day.
Lots of vegetables: Try to eat 300 g a day. They contain lots of vitamins and minerals.
Lots of fruits: 2-3 pieces a day.
Choose whole grain bread, products and potatoes: 125 g a day. They contain fibres that will help with the bowls.
Nuts and seeds: a small handfull.
Vegetarian replacements: Legumes, tofu, tempé, seitan, mycoprotein: at least 1 time a week.
Oils and fats: one big spoon per person. 1 knifepoint per piece of bread. Try to alternate.
Fish: max. 2 times a week
Dairy products and alternatives: 250-500ml a day. They contain vitamin B12 and B2.
Meat: eat max. 300g red meat a week and max. 30 procced meat. Choose mainly white meats
Recommendations that we should eat less are:
· Oils and fats: hard margarine
· Meat: eat max. 300g red meat a week and max. 30 procced meat. Choose mainly white meats
Recommendations outside the food triangle we should eat as minimal as possible.
· Soft drinks
· Frensh fries
This is a short summary of what is healthy food. In the upcoming weeks I will talk more in detail about the different categories.
Movement is so important for our health and has a lot of benefits. Movement:
Improves blood flow
Improves concentration and productivity
Improves cholesterol levels
Makes the muscles and bones stronger
Is better for your lungs
Reduces stress and anxiety
If you have a seated profession, you should stand up every 30 minutes and just stand up or do a little walk. In some company’s they also have a standing conference room. So use this one. It is so important for our blood flow to move.