A perfect diet… What even is that? Is it one that has the most nutrients? Is it one which contains only organic and ‘healthy’ foods? Is it one that is completely free from junk foods? How is it even possible to achieve all of the above for a person living a busy non-stop lifestyle. How is it possible to eat ‘perfectly’ and not spend your life in the kitchen?
The secret is simple: A perfect diet does not exist. A perfect diet is unique for everyone. It is the diet that suits your lifestyle, that you can maintain long-term, without it putting a drain on your mental health. There is no point in eating all the best ingredients, if mentally that puts a huge strain on your life, and takes up a lot of energy. At the same time, it is best not to eat purely fast food and shop-bought lunches, you need to find a simple way to get nutrients in and satisfy your taste, whilst keeping it easy and convenient.
The perfect diet needs to be achievable, and non-restrictive. That is the only way we will be able to stick to it long-term. We must create habits that do not take much effort and can be quickly done. Start small: improve your diet by adding small changes, then start adding more and more of them. It becomes much easier as the habits build up over time, and eating healthy becomes part of your routine.
Most certainly, eating a high amount of convenience foods will not do you any good, but there are ways around it. You can bulk cook at home or turn to meal prep companies, which we are fortunate to have many of now.
It is not necessary to count your calories or macronutrient intake; you don’t have to be precise. As long as you are getting enough vegetables and fruit (a minimum of 5 portions a day), a sufficient amount of protein and long-lasting carbohydrates in your meal. We have some tips on how you can add nutrients and make your diet perfect for you with simple steps:
A perfect diet does exist, but for each person it is different. We should not be aiming for an idealistic approach, we should rather focus on what works best for us individually, and put in place simple habits to maintain that diet.