The Nutrition of a Balanced Diet
Poor nutrition is the result of consuming too little, too much, or the wrong kinds of food, on a regular basis. Food science, a root cause of poor nutrition, transforms natural whole foods into garbage that fills the belly while developing excessive human appetites for fat, sugar, and salt. Avoiding poor nutrition simply means refusing to eat junk food.
Highlights of the Nutrition of a Balanced Diet:
- Good nutrition from eating a healthy diet is the foundation of the biopsychosocial model of natural health.
- Any change in your diet, however small, that improves your natural health is a step in the right direction.
- A balanced diet includes each food group in the correct proportion.
- You improve your nutrition and natural health by choosing to eat healthier foods than you are currently eating.
This Web page answers the question: "What is a Balanced Diet?"
Good nutrition from eating a healthy diet is the foundation of any wellness program. The Goal is to eat healthy foods with a good balance of nutrients at a total caloric rate that will either maintain your present body weight, or achieve your ideal body weight over a reasonably long period of time.
Nutrition is the relationship of foods to the health of the human body. The foods we consume should provide our bodies with the nutrients necessary for good health. The basic premise of any good diet is variety, balance and moderation in what we eat, on a regular basis. Good nutrition is obtainable without engaging in dieting extremes.
What Is A Balanced Diet?
- The Ideal Diet is for, so-called, NORMAL individuals who weigh 200
pounds or less and who are SATURATED FAT sensitive individuals. These individuals
are susceptible to the adverse effects of Saturated Fat on their blood cholesterol
- The majority of the population is SATURATED FAT sensitive.
- The Modified Diet is for, so-called, SUGAR sensitive individuals.
These individuals generally weigh more than 200 pounds. They are more susceptible
to the adverse effects of dietary sugars than the population of normal body
- Persons with known coronary-artery disease, high triglycerides blood levels, diabetics, extremely obese individuals, and those with Syndrome-X are likely to be sensitive to sugars in the diet.
- Everybody responds to sugar in their diet. Sugar Sensitive individuals exhibit an extreme response to all forms of Sugars. This extreme response is generally considered an ABNORMALITY.
- On the issue of Dairy Food Group
- In the Ideal Diet, dairy consumption should be eaten sparingly, if at all.
- This diet, thus, requires that nutritional supplements be taken to prevent osteoporosis. It is an integral part of the Natural Health Perspective natural cures for individuals interested in good natural health to take key nutritional supplements to guarantee that they are getting minimum amounts of critical nutrients. From the Natural Health Perspective what is imporatnt, is good natural health, not being 100% natural.
- In the Modified Diet, moderate consumption of dairy foods is recommended.
- Increased dairy consumption has a strong inverse association with insulin resistance syndrome among overweight adults and may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- On the issue of VEGETABLES vs. GRAINS
- In the Ideal Diet, you should be eating equal amounts of whole grains and vegetables. Since processed foods are likely to be made using Grains as a filler, you have to monitor your intake of Grains in order to make sure that you are NOT consuming an excessive amount. This is done by physically throwing away a portion of the rice / pasta / bread (i.e., Grains) and adding one or more vegetables. You, also, need to make sure that you are NOT eating an excessive amount of whole grain bread.
- In the Modified Diet, You should be eating twice as many vegetables, as whole grains. You should avoid ALL sources of highly refined grains, such as pasta made with white flour. You should eat absolutely NO candy, cakes, or any kind of pastry. Since processed foods are likely to be made using Grains as a filler, you have to monitor your intake of Grains in order to make sure that you are NOT consuming an excessive amount. This is done by physically throwing away a portion of the rice / pasta / bread (i.e., Grains) and adding one or more vegetables. You, also, need to make sure that you are NOT eating an excessive amount of whole grain bread.
- Whole-grain consumption improves insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese adults.
- Under the Health principle of Moderation, there is positively a limit
to the amount of Carbohydrates that is acceptable in a Healthy diet.
- The maximum amount allowed in the Ideal Diet is 55%, but ONLY 45%
in the Modified Diet.
- This 10% reduction in carbohydrates in the Modified Diet should
come out of:
- Primarily, the Grains Food Group;
- A lesser reduction in whole Fruit consumption; and
- Avoid drinking ALL fruit juices.
- This translates into eating a whole lot of vegetables. But this time, with a fair amount of lean red meat and poultry, along with a still reasonable amount of the correct kinds of Fat in your diet from fish and olive oil sources in the Modified Diet.
- This 10% reduction in carbohydrates in the Modified Diet should come out of:
- The maximum amount allowed in the Ideal Diet is 55%, but ONLY 45% in the Modified Diet.
- On the issue of Fat
- Fat is NOT a dirty word. The Natural Health Perspective Diet is NOT a ZERO Fat Diet, an EXTREMELY Low Fat Diet, or even a VERY Low Fat Diet.
- The Natural
Health Perspective diet happens to be a LOW Fat Diet .
- In other words, you should be sure to include a reasonable amount of the correct kinds of Fat in your diet from fish, olive oil, and nut food sources.
- You should be consuming between two and three times as much Monounsaturated
Fat as Saturated. Olive oil, Nuts, and Avocados are all excellent
sources of Monounsaturated Fat.
- "The [Seven Countries] study was the first to demonstrate in population correlations a strong inverse relationship of monounsaturated fatty acids in the diet to coronary, cancer and all-cause mortality."
- "The Seven Countries
Study reported that men in rural Crete in 1960 were apparently
safely consuming 40 percent of their energy (calories) in the form
of fat, following this pattern: 29 percent monounsaturated fat,
8 percent saturated fat, and 3 percent polyunsaturated fat."
- This translates to 6% SFA, 21.7% MUFA, 2.3% PUFA for a 30% Fat Diet. Hence, both the Ideal and Modified Diets allow more SFA and PUFA in the diet.
- In general, there is a tendency in terms of dietary advice towards lowering fat in takes in order to reduce the risk of obesity. However, lowering fat in your diet will increase your blood triglycerides. Thus, the Ideal Diet of 30% Fat and the Modified Diet of 35% fat is a compromised between keeping your triglycerides low, your overall health benefits high, and losing weight.
- The Natural
Health Perspective Diet happens to be a Moderately High-Carbohydrate
- Moderately high-carbohydrate diets (45-55% of the daily calories) offer the best mix of health benefits.
- NOT the Bad kind of Carbohydrates, just the good kind.
- Fiber-rich Carbohydrates are best
- Vegetables are mostly composed of carbohydrates (and a small amount of protein). Vegetables have a high nutrient density. They also contain lots of fiber. A high fiber diet happens to be required for the human body to function properly.
- Most people eat meat as their major source of protein. Too much meat in the diet, and accordingly too little vegetables, will result in constipation, hemorrhoids, and / or hard stools; due to the lack of fiber in meat products. Hence, there is a limit to the amount of protein that you should consume in the form of meat.
Additional information on this Web site on Nutrition is located at:
- "Moderately high-carbohydrate (45-55% of the daily calories)/low-fat
diets seem to be a good choice with regard to the prevention of diabetes
and cardiovascular risk factors as far as the carbohydrates are rich in
fibers. ... Moderately high carbohydrate/low fat diets are most likely
to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes."
Grimm JJ. Interaction of physical activity and diet: implications for insulin-glucose dynamics. Public Health Nutr 1999 Sep;2(3A):363-8. PMID: 10610074.
- Main Results of the Seven Countries Study
- "It shows that a high-monounsaturated-fat diet significantly improves
insulin sensitivity compared to a high-saturated-fat diet. However, this
beneficial effect of monounsaturated fat disappears when total fat intake
exceeds 38% of total energy. ... Dietary carbohydrate increases blood glucose
levels, particularly in the postprandial period, and consequently also
insulin levels and plasma triglycerides. The detrimental effects of a high-carbohydrate
diet on plasma glucose/insulin, triglyceride/HDL or fibrinolysis occur
only when carbohydrate foods with a high glycaemic index are consumed,
while they are abolished if the diet is based largely on fiber-rich, low-glycaemic-index
Riccardi G, Rivellese AA. Dietary treatment of the metabolic syndrome--the optimal diet. Br J Nutr 2000 Mar;83 Suppl 1:S143-8. PMID: 10889805
- The Natural Health Perspective™ Health Program Principle 2: The Fundamental Principle of natural health and fitness is Moderation and Balance in all things.
- Pereira MA, Jacobs DR Jr, Van Horn L. Dairy consumption, obesity, and the insulin resistance syndrome in young adults: the CARDIA Study. JAMA. 2002 Apr 24;287(16):2081-9. PMID: 11966382
- Pereira MA, Jacobs DR Jr, Pins JJ. Effect of whole grains on insulin sensitivity in overweight hyperinsulinemic adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 May;75(5):848-55. PMID: 11976158