As kids, we were always told to eat our fruits and vegetables. Sometimes the hope of dessert was taken away if greens remained on our plate. Although healthy foods may have been the enemy of our childhoods, a wholesome diet is essential to overall wellness. As we mentioned in our post on keeping your brain healthy, eating right contributes to good blood flow and provides necessary energy, which keep your body running smoothly. This post will provide tips on how to eat better and cleaner, and why a balanced, nutritious diet can make a world of difference.
In order to eat well, you have to begin in the right mindset. If you forbid yourself from having certain foods, inevitably they will be what you want the most. The phrase “everything in moderation” is often thrown around to avoid guilt before or after indulging in something unhealthy, but the idea is not necessarily untrue. By allowing yourself to eat and enjoy food without any major restrictions (besides allergy restrictions), you can avoid anxiety that may come from trying to improve your diet. If you feel sluggish or negatively overall after eating certain foods, you should naturally gravitate away from those, and vice versa: eating cleaner will leave you feeling better and more energized.
Along with the mindset of moderation, it’s important to believe that it’s okay to fail. Just like with starting a fitness routine, starting slow and accepting roadblocks are key to sticking with dietary changes. Abruptly withdrawing from eating unhealthy food will most likely leave you unsatisfied, and will lead to you going back to old habits. Instead, aim to eliminate one bad food every couple of weeks. Foods that are high in saturated fat, processed sugars, and sodium should be the first to go. Begin by taking the moderation approach, until you are no longer tempted by a particular bad food. This process can certainly vary from food to food and from person to person.
Eating a well-balanced diet of foods with healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals can transform your lifestyle. When you eat well, you feel well, thus giving yourself the proper energy to work out and to complete other activities. A nutritious diet will keep your skin, hair, and nails looking nice; maintain your immune system; and keep your whole body running smoothly.
If you find yourself struggling to eat well or find healthy foods, the Internet can help immensely. With Pinterest, a simple search of “healthy recipes” or a specific food you’re hoping to cook with brings up hundreds of recipes from blogs and websites, typically with detailed instructions. Including the word “healthy” in your search will aid in eliminating unhealthy temptations that are also on the site.
Your body will thank you for providing it with a balanced, nutritious diet. Subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media to learn more every day about other things you can do to improve your health and wellness. Leave us a comment below if you have tips on eating better or you’d like to share your favorite healthy recipe with us!