Re: How to maintain Balanced Diet?
Eating a balanced diet and maintaining it is just like any other activity. It has to become a habit if you are to continue with it and the only way anything becomes a habit is by repetition. No one can really do it for you or even help you much. This is something that YOU need to DO for yourself.
Start out by making a plan for a day, listing what you want to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You must not skip ANY meal since you cannot have a balanced diet if you have unbalanced eating times. Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day, in my opinion. If you skip it, you are not likely to restore balance with the remaining meals.
Eat what you like at any meal. There is no such thing as "breakfast food". Any food you enjoy can be consumed at any meal.
Make sure that you eat some protein, some complex carbs and a little fat at each meal. Which foods you choose to eat is totally up to you but control the portion size. This is the key factor in maintaining healthy weight (or losing weight if you need it).
Take a look at the Food Pyramid. Eat according to that guideline.
So, enjoy your veggies and or fruit at breakfast but add some cheese or eggs or tuna or chicken or sardines for your protein source. Or have whole grain bread with 1-2 tablespoon of peanut butter and a nice juicy apple, coffee with milk. Or, you can have soup and/or salad for breakfast. Who's to say you can't?
For lunch, you can eat from exactly the same list as for breakfast, if you like. Or, like the other poster, ,make yourself a veggie salad with some grilled chicken or tuna fish, hard boiled eggs (or egg whites), garbanzo beans, some feta cheese, etc.) Eat that with a whole grain pita bread.
Or you can have a big bowl of veggie soup, a pita bread filled with tuna, lettuce, tomatoes, drizzled with some olive oil/vinegar dressing.
You can enjoy the same foods at dinner.
So you see, you can eat basically the same type of food for any meal, just mix it up as much as you need for variety.
As long as your daily diet includes plenty of vegetables, some fruit, enough protein and complex carbs, you can mix and match all you want. And do not skip meals. You cannot make up to your body with the next meal what you deprived it with the missed meal. You will also be much more hungry and end up eating way too much and then feel gulity.
Start your habit today, with the next meal, don't put it off. The first step is the hardest but once you start, you will be on your way.
Last edited by rita; 05-05-2007 at 08:19 PM.