When a car is made, the company who makes the car, writes a service manual to go with it. This informs which are the best fuel and oils for the working machinery in that car, to keep it running in the best possible condition.
In the same way, we are like machines that need good fuel to run well. Certain foods will make the best kind of blood, muscle and bone in our bodies.
To keep us running well, we need to choose our foods wisely and keep our diet well balanced with the four main food groups:
It is healthy to start every day in the morning with a good, hearty breakfast including:
At midday, a good vegetable meal with:
For the evening meal, a light fruit meal with a little grain, like cracker biscuits. The light evening meal should be eaten at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.
It is also important to eat meals at regular times and not to eat between meals at all, as our stomachs need to rest as well. It is well recommended to have some raw salads with each meal also, as this aids digestion.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. We need to have an understanding of the word "Nutrition". It means to eat foods only that are good for the upbuilding of our bodies and eat them in moderation, at the right times.
Fatty foods tend to store as fat which increases the risk of disease and makes us more sluggish.
Eating a good hearty breakfast, a good-sized midday meal and a light tea, gives us the fuel we need at the right times when we need the energy. It also helps to keep our bodies in good shape and helps in weight control.
If a good-sized meal cannot be eaten at midday, it would be wise to have more in the morning, rather than have a large heavy meal late in the day. This can result in disturbed sleep, not waking refreshed in the morning and a unhealthy circle can soon develop.
Some foods are not good for our well-being. Alcohol, smoking, coffee and drugs are very harmful. Lollies, canned drinks, ice creams, cakes, made with a high sugar content are also dangerous for our on-going health.
Harmful effects may not be noticed straight away, but over a period of time, our immune system will begin to fail. This will increase the risk of disease and may result in damaged organs and even death.
Eating too many sweets and sugar foods makes unhealthy blood and they are not good for building strong healthy tissues and bones, etc.
By not eating between meals, it reduces the temptation of eating sweets. If there is need to eat something sweet after a meal, a piece of fruit would be so much better. Acid fruit like an orange or similar are best after a vegetable meal.