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a balanced diet

Health-Foods

 

Eating healthy is an essential part of taking care of your body. Along with exercise, eating healthy can boost your mood, your metabolism, and over-all wellness, which we all know is a good thing!
 
The most important factor in eating a healthy diet is balance. Everyone has heard of the food pyramid, but sometimes it can be hard to follow. What if you are a vegetarian? Vegan? Pescetarian? Gluten free?
 
On average, these are the recommended amounts of your daily intake:
 
Carbs 50-60%
Protein 15-20%
Fat 25-30%
Fiber 25g +
 
For anyone without restrictions, these can be easily met, if not surpassed, which can be both good and bad. It's great to get your daily dose. But too much of something and not another can throw you off balance.

Vegetarians do not eat meat. This diet can be beneficial because you get more energy from your food and balanced vegetarian diets are naturally free of cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging animal products that physically slow us down. But because there is no meat, there needs to be substitutes for things such as protein. Peanut butter and tofu are the most common substitutes. Here is a link to some tasty vegetarian recipes!
 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/vegetarian/index.html
 
Vegans do not eat meat, dairy or use animal products such as leather. Vegan diets are similar to vegetarian diets, but it's much harder to get all of your vitamins and nutrients.
 
http://www.101cookbooks.com/vegan_recipes/
 
Pescetarians have a vegetarian diet, plus fish and shellfish. This diet is very lean and very healthy if executed properly. Just be sure to choose a variety of fish or only eat fish a few times a week, as certain fish can be high in mercury, which is not good for the body.
 
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/vegetarian-and-pescatarian-mario-batali-recipes/1
 
Gluten free diets are for anyone with a gluten intolerance or allergy. Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. There are many substitutes available, such as gluten free bread, oats and flour and other cooking supplies.
 
http://allrecipes.com/recipes/healthy-recipes/special-diets/gluten-free/
 
No matter which diet you follow, balance is key. Varieties will help you get the most vitamins and nutrients. Paired with exercise, healthy eating habits will boost your mood and regulate a healthy weight. At our tranquility spa we focus on encouraging all of our guests to maintain wellness with spa services that decrease stress, such as massage and facials but also the importance of leading healthy lifestyles on a regular basis.


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