As men, we need to look after our physical well being as much as our mental well being. There is nothing more important than ensuring you have a healthy diet. To make sure you stay on top of what you are eating. It makes sense to go back to basics for dieting for men.
Getting back to basics for dieting for men
It is all about cooking practices. Which means using food in their natural state, free of preservatives, which can sometimes have an adverse effect on some peoples metabolism.
Eating organically as possible is one way of having a healthy diet. Adjust the food that you consume to suit your personal tastes, food allergies and religious beliefs.
Although due to a worldwide problem with mercury contamination, it is advisable to keep fish intake to a minimum.
Shopping basics for men dieting
When shopping for groceries look for foods that are free of additives, pesticides, preservatives, colours and artificial flavours.
Organically grown food, unfortunately, is quite expensive. So to help keep you on track with your budget, try to grow as much fresh fruit and vegetables yourself.
If that is not possible then purchasing the commercially available product is okay so long as you clean them thoroughly to minimise any residue of pesticide.
It is far better to eat commercial vegetables than not to eat them at all, as we all need them in our diet.
Soft cheese is an excellent source of protein that is easily absorbed, fat-soluble vitamins, beneficial bacteria and food enzymes. Sheep’s milk cheese is very healthy and useful in re-establishing “friendly” bacteria to your system.
Butter is a natural fat, unlike margarine which is an artificial, manmade concoction of chemicals. Not only does butter taste better, but is it good for you. Butter is a source of fat-soluble vitamin A, D, E and K.
The saturated fat in butter helps our immune function and helps to protect the liver from toxins and provides nourishment for the heart in times of stress. It may come as a surprise to many to learn that heart disease is lowest among the French who nationally consume higher amounts of butter.
Eggs are essential for a healthy diet and for detoxification. They have every nutrient in them except Vitamin C and are nature’s perfect food. Where possible purchase free-range eggs, they are much healthier than factory-farmed eggs.
As much as possible avoid disease-promoting foods. Food like white sugar, food or drinks containing high quantities of sugar, margarine, white flour and rice, boxed cereals including granolas. All commercial oils, which include, soybean, cottonseed, canola, and mixed vegetable oils.
Avoid food made from any type of vegetable oil, which are things like salad dressings and mayonnaise.
Deep-fried foods are usually made with heated vegetable oils.
Always buy full-fat dairy products, not skim or low-fat dairy products. Avoid using artificial sweeteners or any food/ drinks containing them. Read the labels on canned fruit and vegetable to ascertain the sugar content and any artificial product that they may contain.
Avoid drinking fruit juice as it is a concentrated sugar source. If you feel that you must have fruit juice, make sure it is fresh and is diluted with water. Raw apple, grape, lime or lemon juice are the exception. Make sure that you have no more than 3 pieces of fruit a day.
Its as simple as that, when it comes to dieting for men. Take your time to find food that you like and learn how to cook it, just remember that real men cook.