Good nourishment cannot be achieved by eating one type of favourite fruit or vegetable each day. It is great to have your favourite foods BUT in order to properly nourish your body it depends on the selection of many different foods at numerous meals, over days, month and years.
Your diet needs too:
- Provide ADEQUATE amounts of food to maintain energy requirements and meet the nutritional needs of your body.
- Be BALANCED – the diet must use enough – but not too much – of each type of food.
So what are the 7 different types of food that I must eat each day?
- VEGETABLES – EAT MOST: These are the backbone of most diets – whether vegetarian or not. They are vital in providing not only vitamins and minerals but fibre and carbohydrates. Many common vegetables contain amazing phytochemicals that protect us from many diseases too.
- FRUIT – EAT MOST: This group includes preferably fresh but also frozen and canned fruits, fruit juice and dried fruit. Fruit provides Vitamin C, carotenes, folates and fibre as well as simple carbohydrates.
- BREADS AND CEREALS – EAT MOST: Breads, cereals and potatoes are the main sources of nutritious complex carbohydrates, fibre, calcium and iron and the B Vitamins.
- MILK AND DAIRY – EAT MODERATELY: The main nutrients obtained from this group are calcium, magnesium, protein and vitamins B6, B12 and A.
- MEAT, POULTRY, FISH AND ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS DRIED BEANS, EGGS AND NUTS – EAT MODERATELY: These foods are important sources of the minerals iron and zinc, of protein and the B Vitamins especially Vitamin B12.
- GOOD FATS – EAT MODERATELY: Oils like your Bestow Beauty Oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and coconut oil are rich in healthy fatty acids.
- FATTY FOODS AND SUGARY FOODS – EAT LEAST: Margarine, butter, other spreading fats, cooking oils, cream, chocolate, crisps, biscuits, pastries, cakes, ice-cream, sweets and sugar are all part of this group.