Meals should contain a balance of "healthy" carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and liquids in order to provide the necessary nutrients to be healthy.
Healthy Carbohydrates include many bright, colorful and green, leafy vegetables, some dark, colorful fruits, beans, and some specific organic whole grains (but, not wheat bread!).
Healthy Proteins include cold-water fish, nuts/seeds, legumes, fermented soy, organic dairy, lean animal meats (i.e. chicken, turkey, organic beef), wild animal meat (i.e. bison, ostrich, deer).
Note: If you are concerned about the mercury in fish, eat smaller fish or take an Omega-3 supplement.
Healthy Fats include plant oils, and the oil in nuts/seeds and cold-water fish. But avoid clear vegetable oils and canola oil!
Healthy Liquids include filtered water, raw vegetable juices; some raw fruit juices; specific teas; green smoothies and, some of the organic bottled juices.
Trying to eat healthy every day can be challenging for several reasons:
-- Time: We believe that we don't have the time to shop for healthy foods.
-- Convenience: It's so much easier to just stop by KFC or McDonald's on the way home from work.
-- Cost: On the surface it appears that eating healthy is expensive. Also, it appears that fast foods and processed packaged foods are less expensive. But, nothing could be further from the truth.
-- Food Selection: Sometimes we don't know what are the healthy foods that we should be buying.
-- Calorie-Counting: Counting calories is frustrating and doesn't really work in the long run.
Greg's Healthy Meal Plate
However, here is a meal plate design that will make it easy for you to plan and design healthy meals, without having to worry about counting calories.
As you can see from the diagram, your Meal Plate should be dominated by green and bright-colored vegetables. Specifically, the food should be distributed on your plate as follows:
Additional attributes of the Healthy Meal Plate include: