What is healthy eating? Some nutritional foundations
Nutrition these days seem complicated and confusing. There are plenty of different opinions on what healthy eating actually means and many misconceptions. In this chapter will strip it all down to the basics of nutrition to gain a better understanding of this complicated topic.
Creating new food habits
It all starts with our food habits. These are oftentimes created during childhood and many of us are not even aware of what triggers them into eating certain foods. In this section we will explore the different factors that influence our food choices, and the habits that we should change if we want to enjoy health and vitality. We will also learn how to create new food habits that will stick with us in the long run.
Building a healthy diet
In this section we will dive deeper into how you can build a healthy diet that is right for you. You will learn what the components of a healthy diet are, as well as what you need to consider for your individual health and lifestyle.
Changing your diet
Here we will learn how to make sustainable changes in our diet that don't feel restrictive but that are in line with our needs.
Food shopping and food storage
Food shopping and storage are important components of a healthy diet. We will learn what to focus on when shopping for food and how to read food lables. We will discuss the kitchen essentials you need to have in place for a healthy kitchen and how to enjoy eating out while still keeping your goals in mind.
How to compose your meals / meal prepping
Meal preparation is a tool that can help us save time in the week and it makes it easier to stick to our food choices. Here you will learn the basics of meal prepping.
4-Week Meal Plan
In this 4-week program, you will find a weekly meal plan, detailed recipes, grocery shopping lists, and tips on your meal preparation. At the end of the 4 weeks, you will be a pro in healthy meal-preparation.
Recipes: Dressings, Dips and Sauces
Here you will find some recipes and suggestions for dressings, dips and sauces that will compliment and elevate your meals
Recipes: Vegetables and Starches
Recipes: Proteins and more
Simple ideas on how to prepare protein-rich foods; soups, stews and curries
Recipes: Snacks and Treats
Delicious breakfast ideas
How to build the diet that is right for you
There are many components involved in a healthful diet that can be made quite simple. Nutrition has gotten very complex, and there is continual flood of new information, both insightful truth as well as propaganda, surfacing in news and various publications.
Individual nutrition needs
It is vital that we each work on returning to our own instincts of proper nutrition. The purpose of this class is to invite you to go back to the basics and redevelop your own nutrition.
Depending on your age, health state, and lifestyle you will have different nutritional needs. Our nutritional needs are not just unique to ourselves, but they also change depending on our current stage of life and lifestyle. Just because something has worked for you when you were twenty, doesn’t mean it will continue to work when you are forty. This realization is humbling and scary at the same time. We need to stay open and flexible and most importantly – in tune with our body and its requirements.
Seasonality and climate
Where we live plays an important role to our nutritional needs. While someone living in a warm, dry climate might thrive on a predominantly raw diet, this might not be the case for someone living in Central or North Europe, where it is often cold and wet. We will discuss how our location, and seasonality impact our health and wellbeing further in this chapter.
Composing your meals
Additionally, we will discuss in detail the components of a healthy diet and will work on understanding how to best compose our meals. We will discuss the food pyramid guidelines, as well as how to compose our meals according to www.healthyplate.eu.
Moderation and balance
Lastly we will learn how moderation and balance create the basic habit of good nutrition. Moderation relates to the quantity of food we consume on a daily basis, while balance relate to the quality and types of foods we consume.