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You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of healthy eating , but just don’t believe you have the time to stick to a healthy diet (or you’re just not out here trying to eat some bland chicken & broccoli every day for the rest of your life). As a result, you have your favorite takeout spot on speed dial (thanks to UberEats), and your freezer is filled with microwave meals. What you may not realize is that by eating this way, you are depriving your body of many essential nutrients and missing out on a number of important health benefits. In fact, food is not just food…food is information. In this post, my goal is to open your mind up to the real value of healthy eating and discuss some of the main benefits it can have on your body.
It Gives You Energy
There isn’t one mama I know that couldn’t use more energy. I only have one child & she drags me on the daily. One of the main reasons to eat healthy is because it gives you energy. Healthy foods are filled with slow-digesting carbohydrates. These take longer to digest than unhealthy, rapidly digesting carbohydrates (ahem, sugar…) so the energy they provide is released into your blood at a much slower and more stable rate. This means that you have more consistent energy levels which last for the full day when you eat healthy.
In contrast, the high levels of rapidly digesting carbohydrates in unhealthy foods get digested very quickly, and the energy they provide is released into your blood stream at a much faster, less stable rate. As a result, your energy levels generally peak and then crash when you eat unhealthy foods.
It Ensures That Your Body Works Properly
Healthy foods are packed full of the nutrients that your body needs to function properly. They support almost every function you can think of. For example, vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, chloride helps keep the fluid levels within your body balanced, and potassium helps keep your blood pressure under control.
Eating unhealthy foods deprives your body of these nutrients and prevents it from functioning at optimal capacity. For example, failing to eat enough vitamin A can limit your vision and in the worst cases cause full blindness. Not getting enough sulphur can prevent your nerves from functioning properly.
It Keeps You Safe from Chronic Disease
Eating a good diet can keep you safe from almost any chronic disease. While it is still not known exactly why the nutrients in healthy foods can protect against disease, study after study has consistently shown the power of a healthy diet when it comes to disease prevention.
Consuming unhealthy foods has the opposite effect and can actually increase your risk of contracting these nasty diseases. For example, according to this article from Medical News Today, one-third of all cancers are linked to poor dietary choices.
It Reduces Your Chance Of Illness
Another key benefit of following a healthy diet is that the wide range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in these foods help keep your immune system strong. Your immune system is what keeps you safe from disease, infection and foreign bodies. If you have a strong immune system, then your chances of getting ill are much lower.
However, following a limited, unhealthy diet means that your body does not get all these immune system boosting nutrients. As a result, your immune system becomes weak, and your body becomes much less effective at fighting disease, infection and foreign bodies. This leaves you much more open to illness.
It Improves Your Physical Fitness
Eating the right foods doesn’t just benefit you internally – it also greatly improves your physical fitness. For example, the protein in healthy foods ensures that your muscles have the fuel they need to repair themselves after exercise and grow back stronger. The vitamins and minerals in healthy food keep your blood healthy and ensure that it can quickly transport oxygen to where it is needed when you exert yourself.
Following a poor diet has the opposite effect and can actually hinder your performance during exercise. For example, eating poor quality carbohydrates will not give you the steady release of energy that is required to complete a grueling workout. Failing to get enough protein will prevent your muscles from fully recovering after a workout.
There are many, many reasons to eat healthy. The reasons listed in this article are really just scraping the surface. The bottom line is that eating healthy is one of the best things you can do for your body. And trust me, there are plenty of healthy recipes on the innanets that have flavor. So if you are currently living off fast food, microwave meals and pizza, then you should really consider making a few changes to your diet.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming or flavorless. Grabbing a piece of fruit instead of a bar of chocolate, drinking a glass of water instead of a glass of soda or cooking up some chicken and vegetables instead of having a microwave meal are all quick and easy ways to eat more healthy. Making smart choices such as these will do you a lot of good in the long run and help you live a much fuller, happier and healthier life.
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Great intentions are the ultimate choice for bettering your life. If you have bad intentions (whether to yourself or even to others), it’s a sign you’re more than likely filled with greed, envy, etc. You want all these damaging influences out of your life. Intentions are mighty. Intentions tell other people where our goals are heading. Intentions are our motive that helps us to accomplish our objectives. Without them, we’re on a steady path to nowhere.
To learn your intentions, you must put forth effort. Occasionally you’ll feel bad-tempered and grit your teeth, yet as you continue to learn, you’ll see a light at the end of the tunnel. So, what if some of your intentions are foul? Welcome to realism, humanity and imperfection. We’re human. We sure as hell aren’t perfect, and some days & some people make you want to utter more than just a few words. It happens to all of us. Yet, you can change those foul intentions to great thoughts.
It always helps an individual to write down their intentions. When you write down your intentions on paper, it helps you to discover you. You can begin to understand yourself more…because that’s where all of this starts…with you.
Many individuals don’t like to write but if you keep a journal, you are able to look back later to see your growth. You don’t need anything fancy and you definitely don’t need to write out an entire essay. It only takes a couple of minutes daily to jot down your feelings, thoughts, ideas, etc.
Discover you and what alternatives you have available. Pull up resources. As a matter of fact, build resources. Resources are the key that unlocks the doorways to success. Check your intentions. What is the ideal career for you? Pull up your assets and utilize them to your benefit. Do a job search to help you discover a new vocation that makes you happy. Always follow through with your plans. Never quit and demand results.
Act by recording your needs and wants. Go over the inner pictures you develop and listen to the voices that tell you how you can better your personal life. Learn to train your conscious to live healthier. We have instincts inside us. Learn to restore your instincts and listen. Listening is the key to help you better your personal life. Learn how to acknowledge your body’s needs as well.
With your intentions set, try this incredible salad recipe that is going to become one of your favorites and get your life on track to a healthier you!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2 large zucchinis, spiralized (or sliced thin with a vegetable peeler)
- 1 cup green split peas, cooked and cooled
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
STEP 1. Make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
STEP 2. Combine zucchini noodles, lentils, tomatoes, seeds, and basil. Top with dressing and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
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Weight loss is one of the most challenging journeys you can embark upon, but also one of the most rewarding. It not only changes your body composition and improves your physical health, but it can also improve your mental health at the same time. Trust me, I know from personal experience the power of fitness when it comes to improving mental health – that’s really the primary reason why I’m so passionate about it.
The problem is often not with your physical body, but how your mind reacts to changing certain lifestyles that will help you lose weight and keep it off. Most of us automatically think of restriction when it comes to a weight loss journey, but you can have a healthy & exciting experience when you start off the right way…with your mindset. Here are some tips for developing a healthy mindset for a more successful & sustainable weight loss journey.
Why Are You Overweight?
In order to have a healthier mindset to help you lose weight, you first need to figure out what the main purpose for your weight gain is. How did you get here? This can be something from your childhood, unhealthy habits, food addiction or disordered eating, mental illness and medical conditions.
Sometimes, your weight is determined by genetics or a medication you are taking, so weight loss and your mindset is going to be much different than if it is from your mental health or simple unhealthy choices you have been making.
Keep Weight Loss Simple
Once you have figured out why you have gained weight, you are on the right path to developing a healthier mindset for weight loss. It is important to start by making it very simple. Don’t try to do a complicated, fad diet, a crash diet, or anything that might be hard on both your body and your mind. Again, it’s not all about restriction. You can lose weight in a healthy way without eliminating the foods that you love. I haven’t eliminated a darn thing from my “diet”, yet I’m as healthy as ever.
Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in a week or start your diet at the same time as a rigorous fitness routine. You will be irritable, you will be resentful, and you will quit…let’s just be real. Start slow, keep it simple, and give yourself enough time to really understand the process.
If you have tried losing weight before, but have failed, then you might have already lost your confidence. And getting started after failure is a lot harder, I get it. However, it is absolutely essential that you focus more on losing weight for health, not beauty.
The reason is because when you focus too much on your appearance, it makes it hard to love yourself enough. You’ll always be striving for a better body when the body you have is more than enough. You are more than enough, always have been & always will be.
You need to keep telling yourself you can do this. You need to keep lifting yourself up, but also give yourself a break during the different challenges that come along. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This is a tough journey to be on.
Ignore Negativity During Your Journey
Negativity might come from you or other people and is something you will need to learn to look past. Don’t surround yourself with people who are going to bring you down, encourage unhealthy eating habits, or who talk down to you along the way. This is not going to give you a healthy mindset, and can cause you to gain even more weight.
Instead, surround yourself with happy, positive, and supportive people. Read some uplifting books, like Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Don’t let the Negative Nancys & the Debbie Downers stress you out & keep you from your path. Leave them in the dust & keep it moving.
By beginning your weight loss journey with a positive state of mind, it will set you up for success early on. That way when things gets challenging (because they will), you’ll be even more motivated to stay the course.
Believe that you will win with your health, and you will.
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