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Balancing Your Food Intake

The topic of food and nutrition can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. It very much depends on what you are aiming to achieve from what you eat and drink.

In simple terms, food is ultimately your fuel, it provides you with the energy you need to do whatever it is you do. The fuel that you put in gradually gets used up just like a car does. The harder you work, the faster the fuel is consumed.

Where it becomes more complex is that when the fuel you put in is greater than the amount of fuel that you require. The excess fuel starts to change, your body has to store it somewhere and, sadly, this is where it turns to what you and i call fat.

There are far greater complexities when it comes to what different foods offer you in terms of their nutritional value and the purpose that they serve you. We'll leave that for now but here are some general guidelines for a balanced approach to eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Keep things as simple as possible.

  • Spread your meals out. Eat 6 times a day. Try to get in a routine of eating less food but eating more often. Avoid skipping meals and avoid eating large meals wherever possible.

  • Make your own. If you're having a wrap or salad for lunch, make it yourself. This way you will know and can control exactly what is going in to it. Saves you money as well!

  • Portions. Keep your portions to a medium size. The meals shouldn’t make you feel stuffed, they should be just enough to keep you going for the two to three hours before the next meal.

  • Hydration. Just like your food intake, make sure you're drinking little and often. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go.

  • Food Groups. Never cut food groups out e.g a no carb or a no fat diet. Eating a moderate amount of each is the safest way to balance your food intake.

  • An example of a days food intake

  • Breakfast (oats/porridge/omelette)

  • Fruit/nuts

  • Lunch (wraps/salad/sandwich)

  • Fruit/nuts

  • Dinner (medium meal)

  • Fruit


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