You should always eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods. Even though we recommend a low sodium, low sugar, low fat, high fiber diet to maintain or enhance your immune system, we do not endorse a diet of only fruits, vegetables, and seeds.
Diet extremes only harm your body rather than provide balance and make you feel good. Even the same vegetables over and over again are not necessarily good for you on a daily basis. If you have broccoli one day, have string beans another.
If you want to know how our government thinks we should eat in order to have a balanced diet, go to mypyramid.gov. There are many illustrations and tips for you to review. In fact, you can create your own food pyramid based on your weight, age, and lifestyle choices. It’s good for the average person because it allows the user flexibility, and focuses on regular daily foods as well as cultural foods.
The kinds of foods we eat, their portion size, and whether they are organic versus non-organic, can play a significant role in our body chemistry and our ability to reduce blood pressure, maintain our weight or lose weight. Our pattern of eating is also important. Spread out your meals and try to avoid refined snacks, which are loaded with fat, sugar, and salt.
As a practicing vegetarian, I always try to make sure that I’m eating enough protein through soy products and grains. Occasionally I might even eat some grilled or baked salmon. You need to do what’s right for you since only you know your body.
If you eat too much of one kind of food, balance your diet by eating an equal amount of an opposite kind of food until you can eat a proportionately balanced diet.
Nobody is perfect…so do your best.