The famous phrase "We are what we eat" means that to be fit and healthy you need to eat proper food. All food is made up of nutrients which our bodies use. There are different kinds of nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fats» vitamins and minerals. Different foods contain different nutrients. First of all I do not eat animal meat at all. I prefer fish and other sea products. For breakfast I have cereals such as oatmeal with raisins, semolina, buckwheat, or sandwiches and black or green tea without sugar and with lemon.
I think that dinner is the main meal of the day. Then most people have to work and that is why they need some energy. And the meal gives us energy. But I usually don’t have enough time to have dinner. But if I have some free time between my lessons I go to University’s canteen. I eat soup, a chop with mashed potatoes or cereals, vegetable salad (it is usually cabbage with carrots or tomatoes) and juice, especially orange juice.
I often have supper at 7 o’clock in the evening. I like cooking but I often do not have time to cook. For supper I have any salad, generally vegetable salad, fruit (f.ex. grapefruit, apples and oranges) and then I have a cup of red tea with biscuit.
For some food is a source of pleasure, for others - a source of energy. For me food – is a pleasant source of energy. To my mind healthy food should be quite simple. I eat complicated dishes only in restaurants. My daily meals consist of the same dishes every day.
Before we cut down on fat, sugar and salt, we have to know a bit more about the kind of food these things might be in. The biggest problem comes when these things are hidden in other foods: biscuits, crisps, sausages, meat pies, soft drinks and so on. The best way is to get into the habit of checking the ingredients and nutritional value on the sides of packets although this isn't always easy to do. Another thing to know is, for example, that we do need fat to live, it's an essential part of our diet and physically we couldn't exist without it. But we all know that to eat much fat is bad for our health. The matter is that there are different kinds of fat. There are fats that are good for us and fats that are bad for us. Eating less of the bad ones and more of the good ones can actually help us to live longer! Bad fats are the saturated fats, found in animal productions, like red meat, butter and cheese.
Friendly fats are the unprocessed fats found naturally in foods like nuts and seeds, olives, avocados and oily fish, including tuna. One more thing to know is that when food is cooked, its structure changes. It can change the vitamin and nutrient contents of food. More and more people feel strongly about the way, their food is produced. Nowadays so much of the basic food we eat — meat, fish, fruit and vegetables — is grown using chemicals and additives.
The best way is to get into the habit of checking the ingredients and nutritional value on the sides of packets although this isn't always easy to do. Another thing to know is, for example, that we do need fat to live, it's an essential part of our diet and physically we couldn't exist without it. The food we eat, depends on lots of things. Taste is a big factor. Culture, religion and health also play a part in what food we eat. Advertising and social factors also have a big influence. So I love all kinds of milk products, especially kefir, cheese. Well, of course, on weekends I want to try a new dish. If I have free time, I try to invent a new salad or find an interesting recipe. On weekends I let myself have good red dry wine. Well, many doctors say that red wine in reasonable quantities is very good for health. I do not buy in shops ready or semi-manufactured food products, because this is unhealthy. It is better to spend some time cooking, than to have problems with overweight and heart.