What is a healthy diet? – Nutrition for healthy living

The food we eat fuel our bodies. Our diet helps in determining healthy living or living with illness. Many pay little or no attention to what they put into their mouths. There is minimal reasoning behind what is consumed. Instead, taste, amount and satisfaction determine what is used for nutrition.

Commenting on the effects of diet on our health way back in 1925, one MD stated:

“The food question is infinitely the most important problem of the present day…and if properly dealt with must result in the disappearance of the vast bulk of the disease, misery and death” – Sir Arthuthnot Lane, MD., quoted in The Motive, June 1925.

So let’s look at what is a healthy diet that will provide the nutrition for healthy living that we desperately need.

The original diet plan

When man was created, everything that was necessary for his ideal survival was provided. Basically it was grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables. This was to be eaten in as natural a manner as possible and where it was necessary that it be prepared, the preparation was to be simple. This would ensure that maximum nourishment would be received from the food that would go to make healthy blood.

If you are a believer in the Bible – from which perspective I write – then you’ll know that the consumption of animal flesh was permitted after the flood. This was as a result of the absence of vegetation upon the earth immediately after the flood. Even then, they were only allowed to partake of what God designated as “clean” animals.

An interesting thing to be noted is that the lifespan of man after the flood was drastically shortened when compared to those before the flood. Could it be that the addition of meat to the diet contributed to that drastic change?

They are natural

Look at a healthy diet

I choose to become a vegetarian 10 years ago. This was after years of looking at the issue and at first ignoring the heavy evidence that it would be to my benefit for me to do so. Almost immediately after making the change, I felt and saw the difference in my body. I have since come to realize that being vegetarian does not automatically translate into being healthy but it’s a start.

When we determine to let our source of nutrition be from the food groups of fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables we are well on our way to that healthy diet. It is also important though to make sure that our food is combined correctly and eaten in moderation and according to the amount of physical exertion in which we are involved.

A person living a sedentary lifestyle should not consume the same proportion of food as the person who is doing heavy physical work most of the day. The type of food eaten should also be different since the active individual would need more energy producing food than the sedentary man.

Now here are some foods that will ensure that we receive the nutrition for healthy living that we need.

Fruits are at the top of the list, not because they are most important but because I like them. Get as many as you can in as great a variety as are available. The fresher the better. Wash and eat them raw. If you must cook any, steaming would be best.

Watermelons, cantaloupes, and melons should always be eaten alone. They should not be combined with other fruits/food or eaten with them.

If you have the skill to dry and preserve fruits, always soak them before eating them.

Nuts, though very nutritious should be eaten sparingly and while fresh. They should not be eaten after the oil they contain have become rancid and the protein begins to decay. Proper chewing should always take place to aid in easing digestion. Peanut butter – when bought at the supermarket should always have some nut oil floating at the top. Otherwise, it is not good for use.

Grains are another type of food that go a long way in providing us with healthy nutrients. That is, if we get them in as natural a form as possible. Once they have been processed we begin to lose some benefits from them. The more they are processed the less the nutritional value and the more we have to eat to feel full.

There was a time when I was much younger that we – my parents, siblings and I – planted our own rice. I still recall the taste and the fact that we did not have to cook a lot of it to feed the family. There were nine of us in all. Today, we have to use a greater amount to achieve the same result. Use brown rice instead of white rice though.

Oats is touted to be one of the most nutritious and versatile grain. It can be used in various recipes and alone.

Some people are allergic to wheat and wheat products so if you are, do not use it. There are other grains such as rye, buckwheat and millet that can also be used and are very nutritious.

So vary your grains instead of using just one type. Make sure that you chew it well because the digestion of carbohydrates begin in the mouth with the saliva. So allow it to mix thoroughly.

Vegetables: Like your fruits, your vegetables should be eaten raw or steamed in order to obtain maximum nutritional benefit.

Just a sample

Juicing has become very popular and is also recommended if you can obtain the right type of juicer. If you choose this means of consuming your veggies, please drink as soon as it is juiced. The longer it is left to stand the less the nutrients you will receive.

Again, if you realize that you cannot tolerate certain vegetables don’t use them. The variety is so great that you can leave our a few and still receive the benefits that can ensure healthy living.

Foods to stay away from

While looking at what is a healthy diet I also found our that part of that diet did not only consist of what I ate but foods that I should not eat. The difficult thing about this is that these things, when added to the food heightens its taste. However, they have a debilitating effect on the digestive system and therefore the body.

Here are some recommendations of foods that should be avoided – not used at all. I found these in the book – The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia by V. Farrell and H. Cherne, M.D.

  • Sugar and manufactured foods that contain sugar in all its forms. This includes brown, granulated and white sugar.
  • The spices which when used cause burning in the stomach – mustard, black and white pepper.
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  • se and foods fried/cooked in grease and oils especially hydrogenated oil.
  • Manufactured and processed foods including white flour and food items made with white flour.
    • Cheese (I couldn’t believe that this item would be on the list. I love cheese, especially with hot bread or bake and in, plus on my pies). Butter can also be included here.

 

  • Junk food. This one is known by now to most people. There is no real nutritional value in junk food. T
  • hey taste good, some of them give you a high but that soon disappears and then comes the downside. Examples of these are the soft drinks – including the well-loved cola drinks – potato chips and the like.
  • Rotting flesh cannot make good blood, so I add meat and fish here. As soon as an animal is slain its flesh begins to rot.
  • Animal products also rank here. Milk – more so considering the known diseases that are rampant in animals today – and eggs. Some people are now recommending goat’s milk as an alternative to cow’s milk. They claim that it is more nutritious with less health risks. I prefer to stay away from them all.
  • Foods to which you are allergic. One person may comfortably eat a fruit or vegetable and another, have an allergic reaction to the same item. Personally I have come to learn that I can no longer stomach egg plant (melongene). So I do not eat it.
  • Foods containing Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). This is a taste enhancer that when used over time may result in adrenal gland malfunction, diabetes, muscle tightness and numbness to name a few.

Liquids in your diet

I grew up eating and drinking some liquid with my meal. When it was revealed that this was/is not a good practice I experienced a real struggle to overcome this habit. At times, I still find myself lapsing back into the custom.

Liquids taken with our meals retard digestion. This begins in the mouth and continues into the stomach. There the liquid has to be digested first before the stomach can proceed with the process of digesting the food. This leads to fermentation of the food in the stomach which can result in indigestion, acidity in the stomach and other digestive tract problems.

It is therefore recommended that liquids be taken at least half hour before or after meals. The longer it is taken between meals the better, as the stomach is allowed to do its work properly.

Water in adequate quantities should be the main liquid that we use. Cold water/liquids should be avoided as it has to be warmed by the stomach before it can be digested.

A healthy diet, one that would give us nutrition for healthy living, would exclude drinks such as: coffee, green tea, alcohol in all its forms, black tea and all caffeinated drinks. Soft drinks were already mentioned above as an item to be avoided but since I am aware that so many of us enjoy this sugary drink, I’ll say it again. Do not use soft drinks.

Stimulants as nutrition

There is no nutrition in stimulants. They all do harm to the body and more so the mind which is their main target. Their use has been made popular by celebrities and so called “important people” who have been paid to promote them. Their negative effect on the individual, their relatives and society have been well documented.

The person seeking optimum health will stay away from these health-destroying products. From the mild, slow acting ones to those whose harmful effects can be immediately seen and charted.

Do not use it

I refer here to such products as tobacco – including second hand tobacco ie., inhaling the exhaled smoke, marijuana (cannabis), beer and alcohol in all its forms and percentages (vodka, wines, whiskey).

Pharmaceuticals should also be avoided as much as possible. If they must be used for immediate relief, as soon as that relief is gained they should be stopped. Most, if not all medicinal drugs have side effects and with a bit of searching can be avoided by seeking to prevent rather than cure.

Some years ago I was involved in a vehicular accident. I thought nothing of it because it was not serious and I had no injuries. Weeks later however I began experiencing severe abdominal pains. I visited the doctor who prescribed an injection for me. When I asked the nurse what it was for she said she was not sure. I asked that she find out from the doctor.

She returned and said he would speak with me. When I saw him again he could not say what was wrong with me. I refused to take the injection. I asked for an ultrasound to help determine what the problem was. He told me if I refused the injection he would not give me the referral for the ultrasound.

I left the office and decided to use fruits only and see what would result. By the third day the pain began to subside. I continued on fruits for two weeks. The pain never returned. Healing remedies are within our reach.

Beginning somewhere

So what is a healthy diet? It is one that requires us to balance the good foods that we partake of and to totally abstain form those that are harmful to our bodies.

For most of us it would require a change of taste and of the foodstuff we purchase at the supermarket or the vegetable market in our neighborhood. We will have to become accustomed to using some new foods in moderation, bringing our taste buds under the control of our wills and throwing out some food items that we have become familiar with.

What’s at stake? Well, we will either benefit from nutrition for healthy living or continue in the old way and risk a life of sickness, pain and death. Some will find it easy to make a complete change immediately. Others may struggle. Begin the change at your own pace and work toward a goal. You’ll get there with consistancy.

I choose life. How about you?

 

Its time to begin