Discover and start creating meals that will benefit your health. Here are your guide, a meal planning series that you will surely enjoy following.
A lot of people get intimidated by the thought of putting together a nutrionally balanced meal plan that includes the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are so many schools of thought and so many options, it can be a little overwhelming.
Meal Planning Series
In this series I am going to give you the facts yet keep it as simple as possible, so that you too can start creating meals with the proper combinations of protein, carbohydrates, and fat for health and wellness, or whatever your nutritional goals may be.
Part 1: Protein
When putting together a nutritiously balanced meal plan, there are a few important factors to consider. The first key element is protein. As many of us are aware, over the past 10 years there has been an explosion of focus on protein, mainly based upon the introduction of the low-carb craze. Still, many people do not include the proper amount of protein in their diet. Protein is so important for wellness and health. It is the building block of the cells in your body.
Part 2: Carbohydrates
Now that you have a better understanding of the importance of protein, the next topic in this series is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, aka carbs, are the second essential element that must be incorporated into a healthy diet. By essential, I do mean ESSENTIAL. Carbohydrates provide most of the energy needed for our daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, and running as well as for normal body functions including heartbeat, breathing, and digestion.
Part 3: Fats
Now that we have covered protein, in Part 1, and carbohydrates, in Part 2, we are going to move on to fats. First things first – most people have a very misguided understanding of fats. Fats provide us with energy and are an essential component of cell membranes, blood clotting, absorbing vitamins, and insulating and acting as shock absorbers for bones and organs.
Part 4: Putting it Together
In this series on meal planning, we have now covered the basics, protein in Part 1, carbohydrates in Part 2, fats in Part 3. Its time to put it all together into a daily meal plan. In this part of the series, I will give you a meal plan example so that you understand how you can take this information and put together your own meal plan options that work with your tastes, schedule, and daily life.