What Does a Balanced Diet Really Mean and How to Enjoy Food

My adventure in the search for a green and balanced modern lifestyle began once with food. Of course! As the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, “And let your food be medicine and medicine food.”, I asked myself the question, “OK, but which food, and I began to look for the answer.”

I went in search of an answer to what healthy eating is, read books, eliminated foods, then changed, looked for answers in organic food, vegan, raw food, even took a look at the keto. Why only one eye? Because this was the moment when I intuitively made a very important choice – to listen to my body. And that helped me find the only correct answer – there is no one answer for everyone.

Listen to your body

We are all the same and at the same time we are so different. Not everyone can be keto, not everyone can be vegan. In fact, there are already genetic studies proving that some people’s bodies break down fat better, but they have a problem with grains and vice versa. Such a test is a very good idea, but being still quite expensive, as a starting point it may be a good idea to just listen to your body. My favorite foods today are the ones I loved as a child.

It is also not OK to drive all year round on raw vegetables, to drink green smoothies when it is snowing outside and it is not OK to eat heavy food during the hot months. Logically, isn’t it? But by focusing on what we read, which is useful, we often neglect the environment and make the body suffer again. And the suffering body is not healthy. Nature is balanced and what could be more natural than a warm root soup in winter and lunch only from a fresh salad with tomatoes, greens and lots of olive oil on hot summer days? Healthy balance has many levels.

Enjoy the food

How often, especially if you’re on a diet, have you dreamed for days about that piece of chocolate cake, and when you finally can’t resist the temptation and afford it, you eat it in seconds? No memory, no memory of the taste and you already want one more.

Enjoy when you allow something forbidden, enjoy it. Eat it slowly and with pleasure, remember every bite, taste, aroma and give your body and brain this memory of a bliss. As well as the knowledge that this is possible, it is allowed. Do not punish yourself with accusations about this and exhausting workout in the gym, but relax and feel the joy. The body will thank you. And then, when he knows that the option is available, he will magically stop asking for it every day and every minute.

Give your body good food

Lastly, listening to your body does not mean eating junk food 😊) Yes, we are all endlessly tempted, but these signals come from the brain that receives the wrong signals from the body, which can actually starve to death because our cells have not received the nutrients they need and they scream that they have no energy. The brain receives this signal, but for it energy means sugar. And so we fall into the vicious circle …

In fact, when we feed our body with proper nutrients and provide it with the necessary nutrients, it relaxes, breathes better and the brain stops spinning in a centrifuge of exhausting thoughts and wants more sugar.

The point is that in the urban carousel it is difficult to achieve it and we often eat the same thing in a hurry day after day. Even if it’s broccoli and kale, it’s still not good. The body needs variety.

Sample menu

Again, it’s not easy to navigate the thousands of “healthiest” regimes that offer totally different foods that will work wonders for us.

For me, one of the most friendly and balanced regimes is the Mediterranean diet, which is not in vain and this year was declared number 1 in health. Olive oil, omega-3, green leafy and whole grains, sun and joy. In it I find inscribed serotonin diet, plant diet in its various variants, etc. you can easily incorporate many diets into this way of eating.

So today I will offer you a sample menu, inspired by my two favorite blogs – https://www.themediterraneandish.com/ and https://www.loveandlemons.com/, where you can find suggestions on how to diversify your menu easy and enjoyable.

DAYBREAKFASTLUNCHDINNERSIDEDISHSNACK or  DESSERT
MONOVERNIGHT OATSFRITTATA WITH SPRING VEGGIEBAKED COD WITH LEMON AND GARLICSAUTÉED KALETAHINI COOKIES
TUETOFU SCRAMBLECAULIFLOWER SOUPEASY ITALIAN CHICKEN MEATBALLSBLACK BEANSMELON WITH HONEY
WEDWHOLE OAT PORRIDGEGREEN SHAKSHUKAMENEMEN (TURKISH SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH TOMATOES) BLACK RICEOATMEAL COOKIES
THUAVOCADO TOASTSWEET POTATO SALADBAKED WHITE FISH, MEDITERRANEAN-STYLEGREEN BEAN SALADYOGHOURT WITH FRUIT
FRIHEALTHY EGG MUFFINSCREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTATUNA PASTA MEDITERRANEAN-STYLEROASTED VEGETABLESAPPLE CRUMBLE
SATALMOND FLOUR PANCAKESNICOISE SALADITALIAN BAKED CHICKEN BREASTGARLIC MASHED CAULIFLOWERVEGAN CARROT CAKE
SUNMEDITERRANEAN-STYLE BREAKFAST TOASTGARLIC HERB ROAST TURKEY BREAST SLOW ROASTED SALMONSTEAMED BROCCOLIVEGAN BROWNIES

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