I find that most people think that pasta
is “bad for you.” Let me clarify: It is NOT the pasta that is bad for
you, but it is how you prepare it and how much you consume at a time that can
make it bad. Also, most fail to eat their veggies when having pasta, which
leads to a nutritionally-imbalanced meal.
I love pasta, but I don’t eat it
everyday. If you should decide to eat it more regularly, try to choose a higher
fiber pasta (so you don’t just eat empty calories), and if you can, also try to
choose gluten-free pasta as it can promote better digestion and avoid bloating
and discomfort altogether.
Choose lighter tomato-base sauces and
not the extra creamy alfredo-type sauces. And even if you should choose a
heavier sauce every now and again, always be mindful of your portions. It’s
fine to have a cup cooked or so of pasta (or a more accurate gauge based on
your body size would be to go with a portion roughly the size of your own fist).
Don’t greedily have a whole big bowl or
full plate to a point where you can’t breathe — unless you’re planning on going
for a big workout later; but even then, you should be smart
about your portions — especially if you’re looking to lose weight.
Also, whether at home or at a
restaurant, try to add (or order) veggies on your pasta. For me, even if my
pasta does not come with veggies, I choose to do stuff like add a bunch of
leafy greens on my plate before I add hot pasta. This wilts the greens a bit,
which tastes great! Or I’ll add more tomatoes and red peppers. This way, my
pasta dish is always balanced with all the nutrients I need. (If all else
fails, just have a side salad with your pasta.) :)

These are just some of the little things
I do to keep my body healthy and strong. I want for you to have good health
while enjoying your foods. Start thinking of ways you can be more balanced with
your approach to eating!