Today, the idea of “good healthy diet foods” is a bit of a misnomer. Everybody is different, and literally everyone’s body is unique, making blanket statements effectively worthless for the person on the hunt for a healthy lifestyle. The most important thing to remember about dieting is that an approach that’s healthy for one person might be completely detrimental to another.
All that being said, there are a few universal truths as well. Whole foods — in other words, the stuff that’s not loaded with preservatives and fake flavors — are good for everyone. Indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to lump them in the aforementioned “good healthy diet foods” category. By definition, whole foods are the nutritional components that haven’t been processed or refined or padded out with additional flavors and artificial ingredients.
For example, a carrot is a whole food. So is an apple that hasn’t been sprayed dozens of times with harmful pesticides. Nutrient dense vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish, nuts seeds…. The more processed a food becomes, the less it retains its actual nutrients and vitamins.
In other words, if you want food that lasts much longer but offers not much actual sustenance, stock your cupboards with boxed macaroni and cheese, white bread and cans of sodium-fortified soups. If it’s real nutrition you crave, grab a basket of fruit and a bushel of vegetables and try to stick with the leafier, greener stuff. Opt for whole grain bread and pasta.
This is getting a bit preachy, so we’re going to talk a bit about why maintaining a healthy diet is important in the first place. You might hear talk in the media about good sugars and bad sugars, good fats and bad fats, good carbs and bad carbs — all in an endlessly whirling spiral of duality. In all actuality, there are no “bad” foods, just the quantities in which you consume them. How does that old saying go, “Everything in moderation?” Right.
The benefit of a whole foods diet, simply, is that your body gets better nutrients put into it. And when your body is fed right, it produces more energy to do more things, like go for sunset bike rides and evening jogs and games of pickup basketball down at the park. The more “good” stuff we put into our bodies, the more of that energy we have available. Our bodies were made to move, not be cooped up in tiny cubicles all day long.
Consider this, your first unofficial online nutritionist course, concluded. Remember to eat your vegetables (just like your parents taught you) and try to find your own favorite blend of good healthy diet foods to enjoy. The more you mix it up, the better.