10 Tips for Healthy Eating From Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver, one of the most popular and talented chefs in the world today, is known for his classic and rustic cuisine. However, the British chef also believes in healthy eating and as a result, has developed ten tips for healthy eating.
Are you interested in healthy eating? Do you want to know these ten tips of Jamie Oliver? Then let’s go over them together.
1. Have Breakfast
Why is breakfast usually referred to as ‘the most important meal of the day’?
As per the name itself suggests, it means that you are breaking a whole night’s fasting period. Breakfast restores your glucose supply to boost your levels of energy and also provides you with the necessary nutrients to face the day. It refuels and strengthens both your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between breakfast and lower cholesterol.
Hence, it is crucial to choose nutritious breakfasts which consist of food that are rich in fibre, grin and proteins. An example of a healthy breakfast could include cooked oatmeal with almonds and dried fruits.
2. Have a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet plays an essential factor in healthy eating. It consists of foods in proper quantities from the five food groups, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, protein, dairy and healthy fats. Each food group provides the necessary elements that the human body needs to function efficiently.
3. Nutritious Calories
Calories refer to the units of energy we get from the food we tend to consume and are usually mentioned in the nutrition label on all food packaging. They are essential for our health as we need the energy to survive.
However, calories should be consumed in the right quantity. Too high or too low-calorie consumption tends to lead to several health problems such as, obesity, heart disease or low blood pressure and slow heart rate.
It is said that empty calories are calories that provide energy but contain too little or no essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals and dietary fibres and hence should be avoided. They are mainly found in foods such as ice creams, pastries and sugary drinks.
4. Take the Rainbow
Here, we are not talking about the seven-coloured rainbow but rather the rainbow of different coloured foods. Jamie Oliver believes that eating colourful food is a critical element for healthy eating. It is not compulsory to eat multicoloured foods every time but it will not hurt if you vary the colours you put in your meals every once in a while.
For instance, did you know that red foods like tomatoes contain strong antioxidants which help to prevent heart disease while orange-coloured food like carrots can stimulate appetite?
So, if you have green broccoli, black olives and yellow peppers, don’t forget the red tomatoes!
5. Stay Hydrated
We need water to live. A person cannot survive without water for more than three days.
Water is essential as it carries out some essential functions in the body. For instance, it helps to carry nutrients to all cells of the body and helps to keep your body at a normal temperature. Moreover, the brain needs water to function correctly. When you stay well-hydrated, the brain cells obtain a proper balance between water and other elements and hence can perform efficiently.
Water also removes body wastes through specific processes such as urination, perspiration and bowel movements.
It is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water every day and beverages such as tea, coffee and low-fat milk also count.
6. Cook It Yourself
When you buy food from outside, do you think that proper hygiene methods were used when preparing your food? Would you have eaten food prepared by unwashed hands? The answer is obvious!
The only way to ensure that the food you eat is safe and healthy, you need to prepare the meal yourself. In that way, you will know what is going inside your body.
Hence, if you want to eat healthily, you must prepare your own food from scratch.
7. Read the Nutrition Label
The small piece of paper that is attached to any food or beverage you consume and which contains information such as saturated fat, sugar or salt content is called a nutrition label. It is a legal requirement which helps to inform consumers about the content of a food or beverage. As a result, people know what they are consuming. The nutrition label is also vital for people who have allergic reactions to certain ingredients.
8. Everyday and Occasional Foods
Jamie Oliver believed that there is a specific time and place for different types of food. ‘Everyday’ foods refer to foods that you eat on an everyday basis which are healthy and has many nutritious calories while ‘occasional’ foods refer to cakes, pastries, sweets.
9. Stay Fit
Needless to say, exercise is important for health. When you are physically fit, you are emotionally fit as well. Both your body and mind will be strong as steel and this will help you to cope with everyday stress. You will be less prone to sickness and consequently will enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It is advised that adults spend at least 20 minutes on physical activities per day.
10. Sufficient Sleep
If you tend to neglect your skin, you will not be able to develop a healthy lifestyle.
The amount of time you spend sleeping is the amount of time your body takes to be restored, ready and fit. Having an adequate sleep also mean to enhance your memory, boost your immune system and reduce the chances of heart disease.
What do you think of these ten tips? Please share your perspectives!