We all recognise that we are all different and just like we wouldn’t all fit in the same pair of jeans, it makes sense that we all need different diets. Right?
What’s good for one person may not necessarily be good for you. Just because someone’s thinner or larger doesn’t mean they’re any more healthy or unhealthy (although, whilst we’re on the subject of weight, it’s always a good idea to find out what is a healthy BMI).
Basically, diet, weight, and health are all entirely personal things, so why wouldn’t you make sure to tailor your diet for what your body needs, rather than what society says is right, or what your friends are eating? To help you out, I will share some tips and advice to start feeding your body in a more sustainable way.
Here are 4 Ways to Tailor Your Diet:
Tailor Your Diet to Your Age:
Age can really affect what defines a ‘healthy diet.’ For example, 60-year-olds need to be eating very differently than 20-year-olds.
How old you are can give you a good indication of what you should be eating. Here are some guidelines to kick-start your research:
- In your 20’s –
To keep your metabolism healthy, eat consistently. Don’t go on extreme diets and then binge, or your metabolism is going to be thrown off balance for years to come. Eat sensibly and mindfully, with plenty of fruit, veggies, and lean protein. Your body will thank you as you grow older.
- In your 30’s –
As your metabolism slows, you can afford to slightly reduce your calorie intake. Cut back on high-fat foods and watch your portion sizes.
- In your 40’s –
Stock up on protein to help fight muscle loss, and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit to increase your fiber intake. This will help you keep a healthy digestive system.
Think of Your Day:
If you’re very active and move about a lot in the day, you’re going to need to eat more. For example, if you exercise every day, you’ll have to eat more calories than someone who doesn’t exercise as often. You should also eat more protein if you exercise regularly, as this will help to rebuild your muscles and keep fit and healthy.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll have to think more carefully about what you eat. The more you eat vegetables and carbs, make sure you drink more water than the average person to aid your digestive system. You should also make more of an effort to eat protein and iron-rich foods, such as red kidney beans, chickpeas, and spinach.
Keep Track of Your Weight:
What is a healthy BMI? That depends on a number of factors, including your age, height, and gender. Find out yours and keep track of it. If you’re in the healthy range and you tailor your diet to better suit your dietary needs, make sure it doesn’t start to rise or fall. If you’re underweight or overweight, know that you’re getting too many or not enough calories and adjust accordingly.
When it comes down to it, the best way to ensure you’re eating the right diet for your body is to make sure you’re getting enough fresh, natural foods in all the food groups, and not eating too many fats, sugars, or processed foods.
Keep things as natural as you can and you’re on the right track! Tailor your diet to what is right for you!