By Chrissy MacDonald
The foods we eat have a great effect on our health and well-being. The body is always rebuilding itself so the saying is true that you are what you eat.
The body needs protein, fat and carbohydrates plus all the vitamins and minerals. Our daily food intake must include these in order for us to be completely healthy. If any nutrient is missing from our diet, it can lead to sickness.
Too much junk food, over-processed foods and fried foods can lead to weight problems and imbalances in the body. Foods can even affect your mood and make you tired or excited.
It’s never too late to start eating healthier. Balance, variety and moderation is a good rule. An ideal diet should include fresh foods – fruits and vegetables of different colors, protein sources and various whole grains.
When you go grocery shopping, try to spend most of your time along the outside edges of the store. This is where the “real foods” are such as produce, dairy and meat. In the middle isles you’ll find the over-processed and packaged foods. Try to make most of your diet include foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. For instance, have a baked potato instead of chips. Over-processed foods are likely to lose essential nutrients.
Eating well can sometimes be a challenge. Stress, boredom, loneliness and habit can lead to over eating the wrong kinds of foods. The trick is to pay attention to what you are eating. Find foods you enjoy that are also good for you to substitute for the ones to avoid.
I have found a nice evening snack that’s a good substitute for potato chips or other junk foods. I cut up a nice hard apple like Pink Lady (delicious) in small pieces and eat it with a few dried tart cherries and a cup of peppermint tea. This takes a while to eat so is good if you’re watching a tv show. I’ve also found that a Werthers candy after supper is a good substitute for dessert.
We must include our “treats” in moderation. If you feel deprived of a food you love, then that’s what you’ll want lots of. This is why a lot of weight loss diets fail.
Eating delicious fresh foods is more enjoyable and better for your health and wellness. Making just one healthy change to your food intake today is a great way to start living a healthy lifestyle.