Our Perfect Diet
Our Perfect Diet
Here at Kirsty's we want to share as much healthy living and healthy diet facts as possible - by providing as much information as we can regarding the nutrients and good food that should be included in a healthy diet, we can help you to find a better way to live, achieve weight loss and boost your vitality.
Not only do we recognise the diversity of the human condition, but we celebrate it; our lifestyles, goals and objectives differ from person to person, and we all come in different shapes and sizes. Whether you're a sportsman, entrepreneur, artisan, philosopher, mother or father, you’ll have your own motivations for choosing good food that's full of nutrients and for following a healthy diet.
It's not for us to tell you how to live your life or to preach to you about what food you should and shouldn't eat. However, our team have extensive experience and have conducted much research into nutrients, good food and healthy living - and as a result of this, we've learned about the incredible benefits that a healthy diet with a good balance of nutrients can provide. By following a healthy living plan and a healthy diet, your energy levels will be increased, you'll think with greater clarity and enjoy a higher degree of mental alertness; you'll feel full of vitality, happy and positive, and have great looking skin and hair. As well as these many advantages, a healthy diet and the right nutrients can also increase your immunity, and therefore offer you greater protection against chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. As most of us are also probably aware, good food, a healthy diet and a focus on nutrition can also help us to achieve weight loss, or manage our weight more effectively.
So with all this in mind, Kirsty and the team felt that it would be unfair not to share our perfect diet with you!
The chart shown gives a representation of the types of food that tend to be eaten in the developed world today. Unfortunately, with the pressures of modern life comes a tendency to shun good food that is high in nutrients for more convenient and processed foods. As you can see, this has led to an undesirable ratio of the types of food that we eat. Not only are the ratios all wrong, but the quality of the food being eaten is not the type that will encourage weight loss or promote healthy living.
If you look at our ideal healthy diet chart in comparison to the chart that represents the modern diet, you'll notice that the proportions of different food types vary considerably. In order to get the most from this healthy diet though, you'll need to make sure that the food you eat is full of nutrients and is, essentially, good food. This means that the carbohydrates you eat should come from including plenty of vegetables, wholegrain rice and pasta, beans, pulses and other high-grade, low GL carbohydrates into your diet.
The GL, or glycemic load, tells you the value of the food you're eating in terms of weight loss or gain. To understand the GL of food, first you need to understand what the glycemic index means. The glycemic index, or GI, of a particular food, tells you whether the carbohydrates contained within it are released quickly or slowly - therefore, the GI acts as a kind of quality measure.
If you've read our article on Diet and the Glycemic Index you will know that the glycemic index is a measure of how quickly food intake affects the bodys blood sugar levels. Some foods, which are low in GI provide a slow release of steady long term energy. This is a complete contrast to foods that are high in GI, which when eaten provide a short burst of energy, which then subsides increasingly quickly.