Why Healthy Eating is Important
Why Healthy Eating Is Important
There is one lecture that I attended not too long ago that continues to ring in my mind. The professional speaking was trying to quantify happiness using scientific data. She implied that, with a combination of certain lifestyle changes, a person could essentially achieve a happy life.
It was an interesting discussion to say the least. By the end of the lecture, there was a myriad of different elements that filled the whiteboard:
– You are more likely to be happy if you’re married, than if you’re unmarried.
– You’re more likely to be happy if you live close to a body of water, than if you live inland.
– You are more likely to be happy if you value your religion.
Some were common sense and others came as a surprise to me (like the fact that you are more likely to be happier without kids). However, I remember thinking one thing was certain: everyone is happier when they have their health.
Health is so often overlooked, especially in our youth. When you’re young, poor health is the last thing on your mind. It is your dutiful right, so it seems, to be healthy as a young adult. You tend not to worry about getting sick when you get older.
Yet, when you do get older and you are battling poor health, you find yourself thinking: “how did I get here”? It is often not until you’re there, when you’re experiencing a disturbance in your health, that you begin to think: “could I have done something to stop this?”.
Make nutrition your plan A
What’s amazing is that the preventative medicine we have for many diseases and illnesses are sitting right in front of you. What is it you ask? The foods that you consume daily which contain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that perform essential functions in your body and provide energy to keep you moving. The simplest solution is right at your fingertips.
You are what you eat
All foods are a form of fuel. Your body is literally a machine and the batteries are fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. The foods that you choose to fuel yourself with affect both your physical state and your mental state. As I elaborate on the benefits of wholesome eating habits, think about your own eating behaviors and how you can find room for improvement.
Wholesome meals, according to MyPlate standards, encompasses a half a plate of veggies and fruit, a quarter of a plate of lean protein, a quarter of a plate of grains (preferably whole grains) and some dairy. This ideal combination is a mix of vitamins and minerals that provide your body with the nutrients it needs to run efficiently.
Feel good now
Your meals are so important in both the short-term and in the long-term. Short-term, you might find yourself deficient in different vitamins or minerals. These deficiencies can creep up on you. Your body will begin to display visible signs, such as easy bruising or skin discoloration, warning you of an issue.
These are usually treatable and definitely avoidable with a well-rounded food consumption. If these signs are not tended to, muscular and neurological damage can follow.
Feel good in the future
In the long run, building immunity is important for chronic diseases that could potentially develop over time. As a product of your parents, you are subject to their genes and the risk of inheriting their health conditions.
The outcome doesn’t have to be that way. You’d be surprised by how far you can curtail the odds of succumbing to the health conditions by being conscious of your lifestyle behaviors.
What you consume now will not only increase your fitness and increase your energy, but it will provide your body with the factors it needs to be healthy long-term. You have the power to prolong the onset of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and stroke. Don’t let them control you.
Take a mental note
What’s truly amazing about food is the power it has to influence your mind. A balance of nutrients is vital to keeping your brain in check and producing the hormones that stimulate responses of positivity and happiness.
This is where I run into issues with dieting. Dieters seek excuses to avoid foods, skip meals and eventually binge eat. This is not healthy eating. While the diet industry wants you to believe you need to cut out certain foods or food groups, you are doing more harm than good.
As a dieter, you might be altering your weight, but you are also altering the chemicals in your brain. Food can affect your mood, your attitude and your liveliness. Obsessing over food is damaging to you physically, mentally and emotionally. If you are a dieter, please realize that there are no “good” or “bad” foods, there are just better choices than others.
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