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The Importance and Benefits of Healthy Eating

It is essential to eat healthy foods; this way, you will get all the nutrients and energy you need to function at peak efficiency and you will have a stronger immune system, which will enable you to better fight off any illnesses. But what exactly does healthy eating mean?

In a nutshell, it means eating the right foods in the correct proportions. It means not eating lots of junk food with loads of fats and sugar in it. It doesn’t mean stuffing yourself with cake, biscuits, chocolate, candy, alcohol, soft drinks and all the other fast food and junk foods that exist.

Good nutrition will make your brain work better; you will be more alert and better able to cope with your working day, as well as everything else life throws at you. Your mind will be sharp and clear thinking. Nutrients will keep your heart beating in a regular rhythm, will make your bones, tendons and muscles stronger and will help control blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides.

Avoiding sugar can help reduce the risk of contracting diabetes, an insidious disease in its own right, and one that has multiple associated problems. A healthy diet can help guard against some types of cancer, as well as strokes and heart attacks.

You need to exercise regularly to keep your body healthy but you also need to eat healthy foods, so you have enough energy to exercise regularly. This is a catch-22 situation you need to keep under control.

Don’t just eat a few boring foods. Experiment and vary your diet as much as possible and you will actually enjoy what you are eating. Vary the colors and types of foods in your diet, but make sure that they are balanced properly. You should have lots of vegetables and fresh fruit each day, and they can be parts of meals or snacks between meals. A few carrot sticks or an apple are healthy, easy to carry snacks for those on the move.

Healthy eating will help control your weight. The heavier you are, the harder your body has to work to maintain good health. So if you can stay slim and healthy, you will have far more energy and you will be able to cope better with any problems that may appear.

Quantity is as important as quality. Don’t have a large plate full of food. Choose a smaller plate, so you can’t get too much food on it. Choose low calorie foods that take time to digest, because they will keep you fuller for longer.

If you eat healthy, you will feel good about yourself and you will have enough energy to work, socialize and do everything you want to do each day. But you can’t just eat healthy foods for one day; this needs to be a lifestyle, one that you keep up every day. You are allowed to eat something “naughty” occasionally, but moderation is the key. Don’t eat a whole cake, for example; choose one slice. Don’t eat a huge hamburger; make your own with healthy ingredients.

It is your life to do with as you please, of course. But you will certainly get more out of your life if you eat healthy foods regularly and maintain a positive attitude about it.

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