While eating healthy does mean that one should give up on bacon and sweets (just as a starting example), this doesn’t mean that it has to be too boring. There are quite a few foods out there that people don’t try, simply because they rely on processed foods. So it will be interesting and spectacular at the same time to find out how tasty and healthy these are.
And since we mentioned bacon, which should be removed from your diet completely, the meats you need to include are the lean ones. And in here, we can mention the chicken breast (low on calories but rich in protein), lamb meat, and lean beef (such as the brisket, which is low in fats and cholesterol).
Of course, a healthy diet should also include fish and seafood, which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and iodine (which reduce the risk of heart diseases, dementia, and depression, among others). Salmon, trout, and tuna are the most delicious and healthy to eat fish, containing the above-mentioned substances and also being rich in protein.
Shrimps, shellfish, and oysters are seafood that is beneficial to your health, containing even more nutrients than normal food (shellfish), containing selenium and the B12 vitamin (shrimp), iron, and the B12 vitamin (oysters).
However, meats shouldn’t be considered the basis of a healthy diet. Instead, for example, fill half of your plate with vegetables and even fruits (as a dessert). Asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, and basically all the beautifully colored vegetables are the fundament of a healthy diet, being rich in vitamins and minerals while also being low on calories. Legumes (such as green beans and lentils) can also be included in this category, even if, in the past years, they were unfairly demonized (they do interfere with the absorption of nutrients from other sources, but this process can be bypassed by properly cooking the legumes).
As far as pieces of bread are concerned, we know that most people rely on them to fill their bellies. However, this isn’t a healthy diet, considering the high caloric count bread has. In order to reduce it, if you cannot remove bread from your diet entirely, switch to whole grain bread. Better yet, bake your own bread at home and make it gluten-free and as low on carbs as possible.
If you need to snack between the meals, just go with the fruits (berries, oranges, apples, bananas, avocados, grapefruits, melons), nuts, and seeds (chia seeds, almonds, pecan nuts, walnuts, coconuts, peanuts, macadamia nuts), or eat an egg (eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet, despite some dubious studies that said only the whites should be eaten).
An alternative to all of these snacks is the grains (such as brown rice, oats, and quinoa), even if they are a bit high on carbs.
As far as dairy products are concerned, for a healthy diet, you should rely on full-fat dairy products. Whether it is cheese or whole milk, it is up to you. And never skip the chance of eating yogurt since it has the same nutrients as milk with the added benefits of the probiotic-friendly bacteria.
Lastly, we should mention that a healthy diet should also include apple cider vinegar (which lowers the blood sugar levels), dark chocolate (which contains fiber and magnesium), potatoes, and sweet potatoes (contain almost all types of nutrients, potassium, and antioxidants), and extra virgin olive oil (the healthiest fat on earth, very high in antioxidants which prevent heart diseases).
Of course, a healthy diet also presumes drinking two liters of filtered water daily in order to help the liver (if you want some flavor, add lemon, watermelon, or freshly homemade juice). More importantly, you must have a meal schedule, with breakfast being the most important meal of the day.
But probably the most important thing for a healthy diet is to be moderate. Even the healthiest of all foods are harmful when in excess.