Minimalism: Declutter Your Health (Part 1: Diet)

Minimalism is a kind of theory that can be applied to any area of your life. A minimal lifestyle teaches you to own the perfect amount of everything which will support the life you want to live. It forces us to have nothing less and nothing more so, you don’t have to worry about being cheap or avoiding essentials.

Your body requires mainly three things; fuel, work and rest. Fuels are there for you to keep it functioning. Choose the foods that will support the whole system, not just the tongue. Cause nothing tastes as good as being healthy and fit feels.

What to eat?

  • (Choose) Soups and juices: They are delicious, nutritious and do not take much energy to prepare them.
  • (Choose) Greens and Fruits: High in water, minerals, and vitamins.
  • (Choose) Grains and nuts: Carbs , proteins, and fats; everything you should be searching for.
  • (Avoid) Fast food: Slows down the body, damages pretty much everything.
  • (Avoid) Sugar: Addictive and silent killer.

Why choose these?

Food is supposed to be all the products that support your bodies requirements, fuel it, help it grow and build a better immune system. And that is what “healthy” looks like. Being aware of the above list and following it will give you easy to digest, good for your immune system and stress-free choices.

A diet plan:

I could give you mine as an example but it won’t work for everyone. Our bodies have different requirements because we all have different “Basal Metabolic Rates”. Calculate your’s here. BMR is the amount of calories your body needs per day.

  • Required calories: Calories are the energy you are getting food. It should always be same as your BMR unless you want to gain or lose weight. To gain just increase the calorie intake and to lose do the vice versa.
  • Protein: 0.8 to 1.4  grams per KG body weight (1 gram = 4.1 calories)
  • Carbohydrates: 5 to 7 grams per KG body weight (1 gram = 4.1 calories)
  • Fat: 0.4 to 1 grams per KG body weight (1 gram = 9.3 calories)
  • Vitamins: Macro-nutrients are useless if you don’t have enough source of vitamins in your fo1od. Make sure to have B,C, and D supplements.
  • Minerals: All the metals, stone and mud we need to eat. Pretty much everything is made out of them but it’s better to have some Iron and Calcium supplements.
  • Water: Our body requires a lot of water that’s why water based foods are best. Try to consume 2 to 4 liters of water per day based on your requirements.

Meal plan:

An average body requires 60% of carbs, 25% of protein and 15% of fat per day through 3 main meals and some snacks.

  • Breakfast: It should always be high in protein so that your body can have a jet start for the day.
  • Lunch: The biggest meal of the day. Should be highest in carbs and well-balanced protein and fat amounts.
  • Dinner: Should not be too much in calorie and should be eaten 2+ hours before going to sleep.
  • Snacks: Nuts and fruits are great for instant-energy.

Invest in your health:

Learning about your body should be one of your priorities. The more you will get to know why things happen inside your body the more you will be in control. And the more you will be in control the easier it will become to make your life simple.

Read the 2nd part here


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