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How To Organize A Healthy Diet

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Organize A Healthy Diet

The lack of organization in our diet often results in us eating anything from prepared food to quick sandwiches or snacks to satiate our appetites. However, to eat healthily you just need to organize yourself and create a healthy diet that will set the guidelines for what you should eat on a daily basis.

At OneHowTo we help you organize a healthy diet and banish, once and for all, poor eating habits.

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Plan meals

To organize a healthy diet you should ideally have 4 or 5 meals a day to help your metabolism to work throughout the day and to avoid being too hungry when it comes to meal times.

However, the calories you consume during the early hours of the day should not be the same as late at night as the amount of energy your body needs is different. Thus, the distribution of calories is as follows:

  • Breakfast: we recommend ingesting 20% of your total daily calories
  • Mid-morning: it is advisable to eat 10% of your body's total daily calorie requirement
  • Lunch: it's the main dish of the day and should contain 30% or 35% of your daily calories
  • Afternoon Snack: Like the mid-morning meal, this snack should make up 10% of your daily calories
  • Dinner: it's one of the highlights of the day, however, the calorie content must be less because you'll be going to bed soon.
How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Plan meals

Food distribution

To enjoy a balanced diet it is recommended that meals are full of essential nutrients so that our bodies function properly; thus, to plan a healthy diet you must include the following food groups:

  • Proteins: above all it is advisable to include the healthiest proteins with the least fat, such as lean meats, white fish and low fat dairy.
  • Carbohydrates: the most nutritious and suitable for our healthy menu are complex carbohydrates, i.e. those whose energy takes longer to become fat. Among these are rice, oats, rye, pasta, bread, potatoes and pulses. It is highly recommended that these carbohydrates are whole grain since they help to regulate our intestines.
  • Good fats: these are fats that are nutritious for our body and provide vitamins and minerals that we need; among them are those from olive oil, nuts or oily fish.
  • Fruits and vegetables: they are one of the most desirable foods to include in a healthy diet as they give our body a lot of vitamins and minerals with little or no calories.

The distribution of these foods during the week is vital to knowing how to organize a healthy diet. The ideal distribution is as follows:

  • Fish: 2 or 3 servings a week (mostly white)
  • Meat: 2 or 3 servings per week (mainly lean meat)
  • Pulses: 2 servings a week
  • Rice or pasta: 1 serving per week

If you want to lose weight you should note that it isn't advised to eat carbohydrates during the first half of the day or at night, and the same with fruit - it's advisable to eat it during the day but avoid it at night.

How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Food distribution

Tips for organizing a healthy diet

It is important to follow these tips to help you properly create your healthy diet:

  • Set out the meals you'll have throughout the week on a piece of paper, separating the weekdays and the recommended 5 meals.
  • Jot down all the ingredients you need for your healthy menu on your shopping list so you'll always have everything you need in your kitchen.
  • Replace refined flours with whole grains that are rich in fibre, that way you'll be eating ingredients with less sugar and that are healthier for your body.
  • Plan a menu for one week and change it every month so you don't get bored of your meals.
  • To save money, it is best to choose to include seasonal food that will have more nutrients and be more economical.
  • Be creative with your recipes so you don't get bored and stop using your weekly plan.
How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Tips for organizing a healthy diet

Example healthy breakfasts

Monday: Coffee with milk and whole grain toast with butter

Tuesday: Tea and whole grain turkey sandwich

Wednesday: Orange juice and cup of whole grain cereals

Thursday: Coffee with milk and toast with jam

Friday: Tea and seasonal fruit macedonia

Saturday: Orange juice and coffee and low fat cheese sandwich

Sunday: Coffee with milk and whole grain cereals

How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Example healthy breakfasts

Example healthy meals

Monday: Chicken salad with pasta

Tuesday: Cucumber soup + low calorie lentils

Wednesday: Spinach with egg

Thursday: Rice with cod

Friday: Creamed spinach + garlic chicken

Saturday: Baked hake + grilled mushrooms

Sunday: Hummus + baked flounder fillet

How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Example healthy meals

Example healthy dinners

Monday: Pumpkin soup + courgette omelette

Tuesday: Grilled vegetables + grilled steak

Wednesday: Courgette Puree + stuffed Artichokes

Thursday: Cauliflower with potatoes and baked ham

Friday: Gazpacho + Baked stuffed mushrooms

Saturday: Sautéed green beans + fruit salad

Sunday: Healthy Salad + aubergine omelette

How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Example healthy dinners

Example snacks between meals

For midmorning and the afternoon, it's advisable to eat food that fills you up and stops you from getting too hungry before lunch or dinner. These snacks should be healthy food that provide you with a lot of energy and little fat; therefore, you should eat:

  • A piece of fruit in season
  • A fat free yogurt
  • A handful of whole grain cereals
  • An energy bar
How To Organize A Healthy Diet - Example snacks between meals

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