Why and How to Eat Healthy?

If you are familiar with the phrase ‘garbage in – garbage out’ then you have mastered the basic concept of nutrition! What you eat plays a role in your physical, emotional and mental health. Creating a food regimen that is appealing and then sticking to it is a challenge for most Americans for several reasons. Let’s learn why and how to eat healthy. Chief among these is the fact that America has an abundance of food choices that are at our finger tips. Too, restaurants that offer enhanced portion sizes further exacerbate the eating issues we face. In this blog we will consider the why and how to eat healthy.

Why Eat Healthy?

Your food decisions affect your health now and into the future. Healthy eating ensures you can put forth your best performance in everything you do. Healthy food feeds your cells and organs and keeps your body running like a ‘well-oiled’ machine! Conversely, unhealthy eating habits have several negative consequences.

First, it contributes to the epidemic of obesity in the country. Nearly 20% of our children aged 2-19 now fall within the obese category. Secondly, unhealthy eating can lead to a variety of chronic health conditions in both children and adults such as diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

Healthy eating is part of a healthy lifestyle that should include physical activity. Together they will help you maximize your potential and enjoy your life to the fullest.

Why Eat Healthy?

There are multiple sites and organizations that can provide you with a blueprint for healthy eating. You could begin by investigating several of the following sites:

You can also conduct your own search of the internet to learn more about how to create a healthy diet and what should be included. If you have a family, it would be valuable to work together on the process of investigating and developing a healthy diet.

Balanced diets

A balanced diet will ensure your body will intake the proper nutrients to function properly. Here are important points to remember. Calories are a basic concept of nutrition. 

A calorie is the measurement of energy found in our foods and beverages. The advisable amount of calories to consumed on a daily basis depends on factors such as weight, height and age. Most nutritional charts will offer calorie information based on the recommended average calorie consumption of 2000.

Macronutrients

There are three important macronutrients required for the human body to perform a variety of functions. These are proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

  • Proteins are found in meat and fish, eggs and dairy products.
  • Carbohydrates are found in bread, pasta, fruit, potatoes, sugar and more.
  • Fats are also found in meat (fatty) as well as butter, nuts, oil and more.
why and how to eat healthy

You also require a variety of micronutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals. Chief among these are iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and Vitamins A-K. If you eat a balanced diet you will likely not need to take a vitamin supplement.

A balanced diet should consist almost entirely of whole – or unprocessed – foods. In other words – fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy and milk that only contain a single ingredient. Whole foods are better because they are nutrient-dense. Processed foods tend to have a lot of artificial ingredients and chemicals. They are often labeled as ‘empty calories’ because they have no nutritional value.

Herbs and spices should be a mainstay of your cooking! They are nutrient-rich and plant based – making them doubly good for you!

Water should be the most common form of fluid ingested on a daily basis. You may also drink tea, milk and coffee. Avoid sugary, artificially-flavored drinks. People are often unaware of the number of calories they add to your diet.

Avoid or limit your intake of:

  • trans fats such as fried foods
  • processed low-fat products (the label will say ‘low-fat’)
  • refined carbs such as white bread
  • sugar-based products
  • vegetable oils (unharmful in limited quantities)

Other Information

Eating healthy requires focus and thoughtfulness. Planning meals and snacks in advance will help to ensure that you and your family are in good condition. Other considerations to take into account include:

Portion sizes are an important part of staying in shape. Certain foods are easy to consume in large amounts. This is one way to gain unwanted calories that lead to becoming overweight. While no one wants to take the time to measure out food – a good idea is to eyeball your amounts. You can eat a ‘fistful’ of carbs, 1 or 2 palm-sized amounts of proteins and only a thumb-ful of fats!

Eat well and exercise regularly – and you will be on your way to mastering the secret of good living!

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