When it comes to health, most of us know the basics – eat your fruit and veggies, get enough exercise and drink enough water. But how much of everything should we be eating? Let’s break it down into five different food groups: fruit & vegetables, carbohydrates, dairy or dairy alternatives, protein and unsaturated fats.
Fruit and vegetables should make up a big chunk of your diet and the best way to do this is to make sure that you eat five portions of a variety of different fruits and veggies per day. Carbohydrates are very important as they give you slow releasing energy – but you have to make sure they’re whole grain. These should make up just over a third of your diet. Dairy and dairy alternatives are an important source of protein and vitamins but they’re mostly important for their high levels of calcium to keep your bones and teeth healthy. Beans, pulses, eggs and fish are some of the best sources of protein so make sure you’ve got plenty of those in your diet too. And lastly, the unsaturated fats such as oils and spreads are important (in small doses) as they are high in energy.
It can be tricky to know what fats to avoid and which fats are good for you. But the bad fats that are to be avoided are saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats are found in foods such as: high fat dairy foods, fatty cuts of beef, pork and lamb. Trans fats are found in: fried food, processed snack foods and baked goods such as pastries. Trans fats should be avoided where possible and saturated fats should be eaten in moderation.
But there are healthy fats too! Monounsaturated fats have been shown to actually improve your blood cholesterol level making them a help for your health rather than a hindrance. This healthy fat is found in nuts and nut butters, vegetable oils and avocados. Another healthy fat is polyunsaturated fat which you can find in all your favourite fish like salmon, herring and trout and also in flaxseed and chia seeds. At the end of the day, it’s about getting all the goodness you can out of your food. Food shouldn’t be calorie focused, it’s all about fuelling your body and staying as active as possible!
When it comes to snacking, we know it’s best to steer clear of foods such as crisps and chocolate as they come with a load of added sugar and salt that doesn’t actually fuel your body and is just excess calories. While these can be enjoyed as a one off every now and then, why not try a TREK bar instead? Our TREK bars are full of protein, carbs and fats that will keep you going for longer. There are even chocolate treats to be had like the Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt protein bar or the Cocoa Oat Protein Flapjack.
When it comes to nutrition, there are some general rules that we can all follow in order to live in optimum health and happiness. These nutrition facts are the best guides to follow if you’re looking to improve your health!
It can be tricky to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day. Our diets change due to lack of time, mood and all kinds of other variables. That’s where vitamin supplements can really help you out! There’s an abundance to choose from and a lot that are tailored specifically to men or women. Or if you don’t like taking lots of different vitamins, there are multivitamin for men and multivitamin for women options too! Of course, all of these vitamins and minerals occur naturally in different foods but if you need a boost or there are certain foods you can’t eat, supplements are a great way to go. Let’s take a look at the vitamins that are the most important.
Thanks for joining our introduction to nutrition! This brief guide gives an overview of what kinds of foods, vitamins and minerals are key to living your life in optimum health. However, this isn’t tailormade to fit all so make sure you’re checking in with your body and making sure you always feel in the best condition possible! Keep an eye out for our blogs on men’s nutrition and women’s nutrition for a more meticulous look at nutrition.
Find our women’s nutrition guide here: https://eattrek.com/blog/an-easy-guide-to-womens-nutrition/
Find our men’s nutrition guide here: https://eattrek.com/blog/an-easy-guide-to-mens-nutrition/