A healthy diet is one of the major corner stones of any anti-aging strategy. All diets should be well balanced to include the wide spectrum of nutrients, including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plus these vital nutrients which are naturally available at the food source, must be protected during their transportation, storage and preparation sequence prior to human consumption. How this sequence is carried out can occasionally improve or more often denude the foods of their nutritional value. However regardless of the preparation sequence, with few exceptions, the fresher the food the higher is its retained nutritional value. It’s the same echoing message – the closer you are to the natural way of things the greater you benefit health wise.
This chapter details how to better preserve the natural nutritional ingredients of each category of commonly consumed food plus it advises how to mix various foods to achieve a nutritionally balanced diet that with the addition of simple natural ingredients can spice up the meal into a delicious concoction.
» try to retain the full nutritional value of each individual food, thus wherever possible consume the food raw. This is easy with most fruits and a wide variety of vegetables. however when cooking becomes necessary the rule to follow is to cook lightly for the minimal amount of time. So do not overcook or burn your foods. remember each unnecessary cooking step further reduces the nutritional value of most foods.
» Each meal should contain a wide range of food sources. This will ensure that each meal contains the recommended balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber to enable nutritional ingredients to work together, synergistically, to achieve a healthy balanced diet.
» Each meal should not only be nutritionally beneficial but it should be a joy to eat.
» try to eat more home cooked meals. When the basic facts about nutrition emerge you can clearly see the health benefits derived from a well planned home prepared meal as opposed to commercially offered restaurant fare.
Compare the freshness, selection of ingredients and method of preparation of a meal prepared at home to that of convenience fast food outlets. Fast food is very convenient, relatively cheap and a tempting tib-bit. But next time you consume commercially prepared fast food – analyze what is presented and ask yourself is there a healthier way to eat. remember a restaurateur is measuring ingredients on a cost basis while a healthy meal should be measured according to its nutritional ingredients.
» Join a cooking class that advocates healthy eating. discuss the health issues discussed within this publication with your classmates.