In the present article I am going to give you some more information on the main sources of nutrients and how you could make your daily homemade meals much more diverse and rich.
Meat is a great source of protein– poultry, turkey, beef, pork, duck, rabbit meat (which is rich in high quality protein!). If your goal is to lose weight you need to choose lean meats such as poultry, turkey, beef fillet, pork contra fillet.
Other food that is regarded as a good source of protein is seafood (seafood is defined as all fish and shellfish served as food). The wide variety of edible sea species and their different preparation methods (raw or cooked) offer us the possibility of enjoying a plethora of flavours. Eggs are also among the best sources of good quality protein and fats.
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients (together with fats and protein) required by our bodies to supply us with the energy we need to function. And, NO, I don’t mean pizza, but high quality carbohydrates, with no added sauces or batter. Fuel your body with the carbohydrates it needs by adding any of the following to your meals: rice (white, brown, red, black, wild or grain), sweet potatoes, oatmeal, peas, amaranth, chickpea, wholegrain pasta and bread. Honey and stevia can be used to replace artificial sweeteners.
And last but not least, let’s have a look at the different sources that could provide us with our recommended daily intake of fats – nuts and seeds, tahini (sesame, sunflower, hazelnut, peanut, pumpkin seeds, etc.), olive oil, unrefined sunflower oil, coconut butter, avocado, butter (from cows).
If your goal is to get leaner and lose weight you must control the amount of fats you consume but you should never completely exclude them from your meals. Depriving your body of fats might lead to reducing the results you were aiming to achieve and could also cause some health and hormonal problems in the future.
You must also eat lots of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, iceberg salad, cucumbers, rocket, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, beetroot, carrots, Brussels sprouts). They contain a high amount of fiber which is why it is very important to include them in your daily meals.
Add various spices, seasonings, herbs, seeds and roots to make your meals even tastier.
People have forgotten how to eat natural, unprocessed food! Their priorities have changed and now every spare minute is used in the never-ending pursuit to earn more and more money. Instead, our free time could be used more wisely and dedicated to planning and preparing healthy homemade meals, which we could then take to work. If we don’t change soon, we will end up spending our money and time at the doctor’s or on buying medication. We are living in a vicious circle of health problems, no tonus and pains throughout the whole body – all caused by our choice of sedentary lifestyle and malnutrition (Americans and Australians are a great example of this unhealthy way of living).