Good nutrition should be at the top of your list for lifestyle changes. Sure, you need to exercise to be healthy and look great, but if you’re running on the treadmill, munching on fries at the same time, don’t expect to be too successful. Just like with computers, junk goes in and junk comes out, but with a bad diet, it’s in the form of poor health and sometimes obesity. Eating healthy helps you keep serious conditions at bay and make the job of getting fit far easier.
It’s too expensive NOT to eat healthy.
I hear people say how expensive it is to eat healthy and it makes me want to scream. It’s just the opposite. First, healthy meals don’t have to cost a lot, especially when you’re eating in season fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare them either. For those people who often stop for carryout on the way home, consider making twice as much of a healthy meal and having some in the freezer for those days that you’re getting home late. Most of all, if you’re not eating healthy, you’ll spend far more on medical treatment, plus lose time at work. It’s estimated by the Department of Agriculture that if everyone ate healthy, it would reduce the medical expenditures by $71 BILLION dollars each year. For every dollar spent on health care each year, $0.75 of it is for treating preventable diseases…ones that a change in lifestyle could stop.
Stay younger longer with a healthy diet.
You can’t stop aging, nor would you want to do that. It’s far better than the alternative. However, you can slow the effects of aging with a healthy diet. Phytonutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables help slow the aging process by providing adequate building blocks and antioxidants to prevent free radical damage to the cells. If you want better skin, consider adding berries to your diet. They have nutrients necessary to slow skin aging. Add exercise to the mix and you’ll look years younger than your real age.
Boost your energy level with a health diet.
What you eat makes all the difference in how much energy you have. You also need to include what you drink. High sugar items, like pastries, candy and soft drinks, may boost your energy level for a while, but then it comes crashing down to a level of exhaustion that causes you to run for the candy counter. The body needs all types of energy sources, fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. It also desperately needs water, since it’s made of mostly water and water influences all processes in the body. Eating whole foods with healthy servings of vegetables and fruit, plus healthy fat and lean protein is important.
- Eating healthy can keep you in a better mood. A low carb diet makes you feel more tense, while a higher carb diet makes you feel happy. However, those carbs should be complex carbohydrates.
- Healthy eating extends your life and keeps you looking and feeling younger. A nutrient rich diet that has few processed foods can extend life expectancy.
- A healthy diet improves your mental awareness and focus. Fruits and vegetables and other complex carbs can keep the brain functioning well. Foods or herbs and spices that are antioxidants, such as turmeric, have been shown to help prevent inflammation, which can cause mental decline.
- You’ll boost your immune system when you eat healthier. Some clients tell us that once they started eating healthy, they no longer had their annual cold or flu.