Fact or Fiction: The Balancing Act of Eating Right. The What, When and How Much?
Everyone struggles to on maintaining a balance in all aspects of their lives. Whether it be professional or personal, there’s a constant need to develop and maintain a consistent approach to balancing your diet. It’s easier said than done, but how can we ensure that we’re maximizing the most in our daily eating habits?
A balanced diet differs from person to person, depending on age, gender, food allergies, and whether you’re expecting. Careful attention should be paid to the eating habits of children and the elderly as they can be especially prone to dietary issues.
We’ve put together our top tips as a baseline for the 3 essentials of what, when, and how much to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Your health is truly dependent on the food choices you make daily. The goal is to decide what types of food your body responds well to in order to establish a foundation to a well-balanced diet.
As a general rule, your plate should be a split between protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Typically, the following are great goals to keep for daily consumption.
- Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day: spread them out throughout the day throughout your meals and snacks
- Milk and dairy — keep these low-fat
- Good fats — such as avocados, nuts, fatty fishes, and low-fat meats are essential
When you eat your meals and snacks is just as important as what you choose. Eat more often to maintain a working metabolism but be sure exercise caution in the amount of food you consume during one sitting. Eat first thing in the morning, spread out your meals over the day equally, and don’t eat too late at night.
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THE HOW MUCH
Portion size must be considered when putting your meals together. Every person, dependent on their size and what their goal is, needs to consume a certain number of calories in a day. Splitting those calories up is the tricky part, but a general rule of thumb is eating every 2–3 hours and keeping the portions small.
Although these numbers vary, women generally need around 2,000 calories per day, men around 3,000, and children between 1,000 and 1,500 calories, dependent on their level of activity.