THE PLATE METHOD
Eating healthier is a commitment we make to ourselves and the changes made must be sustained to get results or have a real impact on our lives.
It can be overwhelming to know what kinds of foods to eat, what to combine, and how to make sure you're getting enough of what you need.
If you want a simple meal plan template for balanced eating, there is nothing quite as simple as the original Plate Method. The plate method lets you eyeball appropriate portions without having to actually pull out a measuring cup or count calories, which makes plating out a balanced, healthy meal simple and easy.
VEGETABLES : 1/2 the plate. Vegetables! When it comes to healthy eating we hear so much about vegetables. Get the nutrients your body craves. Vegetables are densely packed with vitamins and minerals unlike calorie dense processed or refined foods. And, in most cases, getting vitamins and minerals from food is superior to taking supplements.The fiber in vegetables fills you up and provides satiety that you won’t get from refined, calorie dense foods. Fiber also keeps your microbiome healthy by feeding the good gut bacteria. Good gut health means a healthier, stronger immune system. Whole grains or starchy vegetables ¼ plate.
Intact whole grains are unrefined and close to how they are found in nature such as oats, barley and brown rice. They contain a wide range of nutrients including fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are good for our hearts
Protein Food ¼ plate
All the muscle, cartilage, ligaments and bone in our body is almost entirely made up of proteins. The structure of our skin and hair is almost entirely made up of the proteins collagen and keratin respectively. Our body carries out various tasks such as digestion, blood clotting and nerve signalling through enzymes, which are basically specialized proteins. The antibodies our immune system makes to fight infections are proteins which recognize harmful microbes. Our blood is almost entirely made up of proteins. Haemoglobin is a specialized protein that carries oxygen across our body. A number of vital hormones, such as insulin, are proteins. Dietary protein helps regulate appetite and increase satiety.