Nutrition is about eating a healthy and balanced diet. Food and drink provide the energy and nutrients one needs to be healthy. The discussion and debate over different dietary styles seems to always boil down to plant based versus Fast food these days, and tats real shame. When it comes to nutrition there is no one in field of nutrition that I have more respect for and no one that I have learned more from than Dr.Neha (name changed).

We are living in a world full of diet and ideologies based on researches to promote these ideologies, books, and supplement as the only way for people to improve their reach their weight loss or fitness goals and the only way to improve their health. Dr.Neha (name changed) stands out as the voice of reason. Her approach to nutrition is balanced and reasonable.  She does not promote severely restricting or eliminating whole macronutrient groups and he does not promote food fears. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:

According to you, what are the basic tenets of good nutrition?

The basic tenets of good nutrition are: Eating foods which are as close to nature as possible; Selecting those foods from a variety of grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, healthful oil, and some animal protein, if desired; Drinking plenty of pure water daily.

What one change would you suggest for someone just getting started on their journey to having a healthier life?
Remove all the junk from one’s house. Then one doesn’t have to deal with the temptation. Buying organic encourages the non-use of these toxic compounds. Buying vegetables from independent organic farmers further encourages the trend to grow produce without the use of toxic agrichemicals. Its better to buy vegetables from them than consuming poison sprayed food which affects one body.

There are so many diets out there, which can get very confusing! With your training, what do you recommend as the way to eat?
The best way is to revisit some traditions and stop obsessing over the modern fix of the day. In my view, rediscovering some basics for eating well is a process to incorporate a few timeless principles. No matter how we eat, plant-based foods of one sort or the other are the common denominator across all diets, and for good reason. They play an extremely important role in purifying blood, building strong bones, boosting our immune function, balancing blood sugar, and more.
Do these diets really work and Is there such a thing as one best diet that works for everyone?

Nope, there’s no universally effective diet. However, any diet will work at least temporarily, What really counts is a diet plan that’s sustainable in the long-term, and this involves a diet and physical activity regimen that’s compatible with the individual’s personal preferences, tolerances, and goals.

There have been a lot of debates regarding a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. What can you tell us about this?
I recommend for all groups of age a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with whole grains, and fibers, with low fat meat and fish (at least twice a week). The fruits have a positive effect because of the high content of potassium, magnesium and sodium. Their natural juice hydrates the body. Better is to have them raw or baked, as when boiling them a part of the salts and carbohydrates are lost. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, and because of their unmistakable taste and flavor, both the fruits and the vegetables can be easily added to the daily diet.

What are the greatest nutritional mistake people making that leads to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer?
From an overall perspective, over eating. But from a singular perspective, one of the greatest causes of overeating and obesity is sugar sweetened beverages. The reason is that SSBs are inherently metabolic poison, they are one of the only consumed products that trick your body into thinking it ate fewer calories that you actually did.

Finally, what advice do you have in order to live a healthier life?
I recommend everybody a Diet that should meet 5 criteria: to be proper, balanced, calories controlled, moderate and varied. A well-planned diet contains proper nutrients, is balanced in terms of types of food, offers necessary energy, has a moderate level of unwanted additives and offers variety. We must all get involved in fighting for a correct alimentation, without many calories, fats, sweets, as all these risk factors may affect our health.

So what are you waiting for? Consult a nutritionist or a good dietician and set your life on a fast track to health. Inspired by this? Want to get healthier in a shorter span of time? Exercise comes to your rescue. Despite the popularity of gyms, they are not the only places you can go to. Join dance classes, not only will you lose weight, you will have fun during the process.

Written by Sangeetha Alwar

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