Healthy Eating

Wikipedia defines food as a substance of any sorts that provides nutritional support to the body, facilitating it with the energy to perform everyday tasks. The body needs essential nutrients, such as fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals in order for it to function. Our bodies process food to provide energy, maintain life, and/or stimulate growth. Over the years we have gained extensive knowledge and awareness about food and how we can utilise it to our advantage. We now know that it is far better to think long term and avoid having short term goals. Healthy eating is a lifestyle change, not a diet.

Extensive research has been carried out by various organisations and it has been proven to lead a healthy life, you must incorporate a balance between healthy eating and a regular exercise regime. This not only would boost your energy and make you feel good but also shed away those extra pounds piling up.

A decade ago, The Atkins diet was popular among individuals who wished to lose weight immediately and effectively, this diet included having foods which were low in calorie count and low in energy as well, no carbs and menus which you couldn’t carry on for a long time. Yes people lost weight and a lot of it very quickly, but what they also lost was the energy to go about their daily lives. It was not a sustainable lifestyle. Once you stopped the diet, your body put the weight back on if not more!

Having meals that consist of all the food groups is what one would call healthy eating. The notion of skipping meals to shed a few pounds, or get the body of your favorite celebrity is wrong. Have a hearty breakfast in the mornings when you wake up. Your body has worked long and hard during the course of the evening whilst you were asleep to break down food you’ve consumed, and after waking up you have low sugar and upon having breakfast immediately, whatever you consume, wouldn’t put on extra calories and would be digested real quick.

Health foods such as yoghurts, green vegetables, fish, meat, milk, beans, lentils, nuts, fruits and etc. should be consumed on a daily basis to make sure that the mind and body are in good shape. Proteins and carbs still should be a part of your daily intake. Proteins are the building blocks for your body and help develop muscles and nails and hair. Whereas carbs are the most important source of energy for your body; your digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar) which in turn is used by your body for energy for your cells, tissues and organs.

So in summary, adopting a lifestyle where healthy eating is a priority benefits a person in the long run by fighting off harmful diseases, stronger immune system, further energy in the future, inhibits the aging process and would keep your mind stable, lucid and healthy. It is ok to have something naughty every now and again, the problem is when you are naughty everyday. A cheat meal is not going to kill you. The worst thing you can do is skip a meal to compensate! Just carry on with the healthy lifestyle and you will notice the difference.

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