Varied Diet

Growing up, I watched my grandfather eat the same food, thrice a day. His diet consisted of potato and Indian bread. He took great pride in the fact that he ate a simple, low fuss meal. Everyday! I was too young and did not possess anywhere close to the kind of understanding I currently have. If I did, I would have strongly advised him otherwise. They say variety is the spice of life. When it comes to nutrition, it is the essence. If you do not eat a diet that is varied, you can end up severely harming long-term health.

Before I end up confusing anyone, variety does not mean unhealthy. You are choosing within the healthy basket. Also, depending on your current state of health, you would want to watch the composition and total calorie count. Once you have these filters in place, the more the variety, the better. The reason is simple. Each source of nutrition comes with different benefits; minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants. The proportion and benefit vary in food. If you change your food, you end up ensuring that you are getting good quality and complete nutrition. Your body needs it, as even one mineral missing from your diet can lead to long-term decay.

Nutritionists suggest eating five types of fruits and vegetables a day. Remember, potato does not count as a vegetable. You need starch, which can come from whole grains or rice. Next, you need protein. If you eat meat, this can come from fish or chicken. If you don’t, you will look at the basket of pulses, milk based products such as cheese or yogurt and nuts and seeds. Finally, you will need to eat good quality unsaturated fat, preferably organic and cold pressed. Stay away from the saturated fats. Ha! you noticed I didn’t mention sugar. I marvel at your intelligence but sorry you don’t need the sugar!


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.