The Top 5 Reasons to Eat Healthy Food
The USDA changed their recommendation from the food pyramid to MyPlate, most magazines have at least one article about the latest greatest super food or diet to try and we are constantly barraged with special shakes, fruit drinks or vitamin concoctions guaranteed to make us healthier. What is behind all of this massive effort to educate?
There is a definitive need for direction for many people who are overweight, tired and heading down an unhealthy path. Unfortunately, many physicians are not adequately trained in nutrition, weight loss and preventative medicine. They spend all of their time providing sick care. So many Americans are seeking a healthier path and in doing so, have found the benefits of eating healthy, whole foods.
- Weight loss: if excess weight is a concern, changing your pattern of eating from high-fat, high-sugar foods to several servings of veggies and fruits, whole grains and lean protein with occasional sweets will drop the pounds. If you are not overweight, you will provide excellent nutrition for your body and maintain a healthy weight.
- Increase in energy: whether it’s to crawl around on the floor with your grandchildren, hike all weekend, pop out of bed in the morning or just have energy all throughout the day, feeding your body good nutrition and plenty of pure water ensures extra energy.
- Look younger and feel good: when you meet someone who looks much younger than their age, it’s a good bet they eat healthy. All the nutrients, vitamins and minerals nourish your skin and hair plus people who eat healthy typically participate in other healthy behavior such as exercise, stress reduction and better sleep. Fueling your body with the best food makes you feel your best too.
- Stay away from the doctor’s office: eating a rainbow of veggies and fruits full of antioxidants plus other foods such as yogurt and eggs have shown immunity-boosting ability.
- Prevent heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer: a poor diet has been attributed as potential factors of these diseases. Prevention is clearly better than treatment.
Whatever your motivation for eating healthy food, it does not need to be boring or bland. Spice it up, switch things around, trying new recipes and foods. Nothing is good or bad, just some foods are superior fuel and energy and some are just emotional satisfaction. Before I make a choice, I ask if the food before me is worth it… taste, texture and calories. If it is, I savor each bite.