How to Have a Healthy Diet for the Rest of Your Life
Some find it difficult to believe that anyone who eats things like pork carnitas, grilled prime steaks, and deep fried calamari on a regular basis is really serious about diet and healthful eating. However, that combination describes me ever since I learned that eating those higher calorie offerings in moderation, as a part of an overall healthy diet, produces terrific results! By moderation and an overall healthy diet, I mean once, twice, or three times a week splurges combined with eating lower calorie fare that is just as delicious in sensible portions. By terrific results, I mean nearly effortless weight control, good physical exam results, and perhaps most importantly, the happiness that comes from truly enjoying each and every meal.
So how does that work? All you have to do is eat a wide variety of foods you enjoy that are well-prepared from top quality ingredients in those sensible portions. It’s that simple, and the reasons it works are based on both mathematics and pleasure. Mathematically speaking, if you eat 3 meals a day, you will have 21 meals each week. If, for three of those meals, you include things like those carnitas, prime steak, and fried calamari, they will constitute about 14% of your diet, and if they are cooked properly from high quality ingredients you will be satisfied with sensible portions (portions which in other countries, such as France, would be considered average to large). If you then fill the remaining 18 meals with delectable but less fattening items, you will be surprised at how soon you will be able to stop worrying about things like your weight and cholesterol levels. Pleasure enters the equation because most of us will only integrate those healthy meals into our lifestyles if they reward us for putting up with the stress of daily life, and give us something to look forward to rather than dread.
Sounds great, but where do I find those meals that are both delicious and healthy? Well, there’s always a catch, and that’s it. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to overcome if you’re willing to do a bit of cooking. The truth is that unless you can afford a private chef or want to receive all your meals from a corporate diet plan for the rest of your life, you or someone who cares for you will need to prepare as many of your meals as possible. The “easy-to-overcome part” results from the fact that many of those delicious and healthy meals require reasonably modest preparation. Also, many of them can be made in bulk and frozen in individual portions, allowing you to create your own nutritious and healthful frozen dinners, often at a cost that’s low enough to compensate you for making them!
So how do I get those delicious, healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes? You can do what I did and painstakingly cull them from cookbooks, the internet, and cooking shows, or you can try using the ones that I do. You will find 200 terrific, healthful recipes for Mexican food in Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking : Authentic Recipes for Dieters, Diabetics, and All Food Lovers.