“I love Pizza.” My youngest cousin declared, she is 8 years old and dear lord being the youngest, she is most pampered and most adorable so everyone gives her wishes.
“And pasta, Manchurian, Hakka-noodles, a burger without lettuce,” She made a face while saying lettuce as if its lizard (sorry for giving that image) and then she continued, “Finger fries, potato chips, soft drinks. Did I mention Pizza? I love pizza a lot; a lot.” She emphasized it all in a single breath. I just stood there nodding my head like a bobble-head doll, she isn’t getting any of that, I thought. Of course, she isn’t. Do you know how unhealthy all that is! That’s the problem with kids today; they just want junk food not healthy, oh! Hang on there for a moment! I am giving this know-it-all speech because I am aware of the benefits of balanced healthy-diet but I am a kid myself; now that we are clear on that, let’s continue. (Where was I? Yes) Because of the easy access to world cuisine to kids, they just want food that tastes delicious and general misconception is that the food that’s healthy isn’t delicious.
Actually, it would be unfair to put it all onto kids, even grownups love this food (I know I do dear lord, control!). The positive thing is most of us are well aware of the benefits of healthy-diet yet it’s hard to control ourselves and when we start to accumulate fat, we wake up one day with the desire to lose all the fat in a one go; we start to exercise, sometimes lose motivation then become lazy and start skipping it so ultimately when that happens we generally resort to crash-diet. Yeah, the evil crash-diet that looks so enticing because it does give result in terms of losing fat but it’s a demon in disguise because we are starving our bodies for proper nutrition it needs, our body do need good fats, carbohydrates and proteins in optimal quantity and when our body doesn’t get it, it loses its charisma and strength which leads to diseases.
For me, a balanced healthy-diet is more of a clean-diet. Clean is a non-diet diet and it’s not from hygiene perspective albeit it is important, but in terms of a lifestyle, a holistic approach to the nutrition that we take. It’s a philosophy that leads us to the intake of proper nourishment that our body needs and can digest optimally.
Thumb rules of this clean diet:
- Remove processed food as much as you can and stick to the whole food.
- Don’t eat all at once, have five to six proportions of meal a day and don’t skip breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day.
- Drink water, a lot. I know we often forget to drink water so keep a water bottle handy most of the time so that you remember you drink it.
- Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts like almonds and walnuts. Make a habit of eating almonds/walnut daily.
- Exercise most of the days, any form of exercises like dancing, swimming, playing an outdoor sport or our good old indoor workout.
- And most importantly replace processed/ refined sugar with Honey. Say hello to Honey Diet.
Why replace sugar with honey? Because honey has numerous health benefits. When we eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables then natural sugar found in them is enough to fulfill the needs of our body so the additional intake isn’t necessary. But we cannot have our drinks or sweets etc without sugar so we resort to processed/refined sugar which has added chemicals also is known to raise blood sugar level faster but honey is a natural unprocessed sweetening agent, it has 30 percent glucose, 40 percent fructose, very small quantity of minerals like selenium, zinc and some complex starchy fibers for which the body expends more energy to break down into glucose hence you end up collecting fewer calories from it and it’s far healthier than sugar-free substances. Honey is a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, humectant. It is loaded with anti-oxidants also it helps the body to absorb calcium. It is an all natural cure for several diseases like cough, stomach problems, and allergies. It causes a rise in insulin and releases serotonin which dear readers are a neurotransmitter that leads to a happy mood. It does wonders for your skin and hair. You can simply apply it over your face and see the result for yourself. In short, it is a liquid gold.
“Will you be a honey and pass me the salt.”
“Will you be a honey and cover for me? I am going to a movie?”
“Will you be a honey and watch over my pet?”
How many times in life you have to be a honey? Many times right! Now let’s don’t just be a honey but say hello to it as well! 🙂
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