You need to eat to live, but you need to eat WELL to live well. It is now a proven scientific fact that the quality of our food influences not only our health but also our well-being.
The hectic lifestyle of our modern era has turned the essential rule of a healthy and balanced diet upside down. Eat a healthy, balanced diet:
This good advice is familiar to anyone who cares about their well-being. Nevertheless, the hectic lifestyle of our modern era has turned this essential rule of life upside down. With their voluntary privations, restrictions and meal substitutes, the 1980s and 1990s were a cruel era.
Crash diets, toxic appetite reducers and starvation diets did more harm than good to a great many people and spread the idea that nature alone could not satisfy our needs; our food had to be controlled, supplemented and processed. However, the substantial damage caused and the debilitating delayed effects finally showed that the promised miracles were nothing more than hot air, as those who had been taken in opted for a greater dose of wisdom on their plate.
A new perception of food
The 21st century promotes a return to nature, and so much the better for food amateurs. With seasonal vegetables, all kinds of cereals, organic markets and slow-cooked dishes, taste is making a comeback. It is done with dehydrated meals and long life stews rich in flavor.
We need to rediscover foodstuffs and the pleasure in tasting them. The different methods tested have proven that natural foodstuffs are the most beneficial. We have now realized that a balanced diet does not require a single synthetic supplement.
Called into question, high doses of food supplements are no longer recommended. It is therefore possible to gain sufficient sustenance from natural products alone.
Food is an ally
Food is an ally, eating is the foundation for life. It is a social act filled with emotion, a sharing process that develops closer ties and even love. By eating, we also take care of ourselves, our body, our health and our morale.
The great discovery is that it is possible to manage your weight while eating your fill and making dining a highly pleasurable experience. It is important to realize that not all excess weight is unhealthy. If, however, tests show that it is advisable to lose weight, it is important to take long-term action. Unfortunately, a restrictive diet only keeps its promise in the short term. However, we obtain incredible results by improving the quality and diversity of the food we eat and by reducing portions gradually over time.
It is up to each person to discover over the years what suits them best and to find a balance between pleasure and well-being. Foods which are suitable for one person can have radically different effects on another. That is why you need to rely on your own experience.
Among the myriad of healthy products available to use, our travels and culinary traditions offer us a chance to discover cooking methods, types of seasoning and associations which provide us with both energy and a high level of emotional resilience. Nature is rich. We have to learn to find our own path within it.
Our specialist’s advice
Consumption of processed industrial products should be limited as far as possible. Rich in sugar, salt, preservatives, additives and unhealthy fat, factory-produced food is not good for your health. We can’t stress it enough: nothing can beat a good meal cooked with natural and fresh products.
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