Healthy Eating versus Diet
Healthy Eating versus Diet
Healthy eating is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. It is something you can sustain and will do forever, it’s about being free of disease and full of energy. A diet is an unnatural way of eating that can only be followed for a short period of time. Once a diet is finished people usually go back to their old way of eating – they put back on the weight and sometimes more.
Our modern lifestyles have become so fast and busy that most of us don’t stop to think about what this is doing to our bodies (and minds). We often don’t think about our diet until we are sick or our doctor has warned us if we don’t change our habits we are heading to disease. This hectic pace of life has led to poor health for many people and as their health gets worse many people still don’t pay attention to their eating habits but rather look for quick fixes such as pills or fancy detoxes.
Healthy eating is not some arcane mystery. It is pure common sense and available to everybody. Eating a healthy diet means a wholesome, nutrition packed diet that makes our bodies fit and strong and our minds calm and clear. These will help you to deal with this hectic, noisy, frantic world we live in and avoid unnecessary chemicals in refined foods.
My Top Suggestions for Healthy Eating
Your choice of food along with moderate levels of physical exercise has a significant effect on your overall health, well-being and self-esteem.
Let’s go on a shopping trip to the grocery store. Into our basket we pop some tortilla chips, oh maybe another bag of chips too, yum those ready-made cupcakes with the brightly coloured icing look good, and a stack of zap in the box ready meals because you’ve got a busy week with no time to cook, and besides there’s something rather more-ish about them. So what have we got?
What we’ve got is
- hormones out of balance
- metabolism ground to a halt
- weight gain, lack of energy
- just feeling yuck
Mother Nature doesn’t give you this food, it is designed in a lab and made in a factory. The factory wants to make a profit for the corporation and the shareholders. So the less they spend on cheap, raw materials the higher its profit margin will be. So they use lots of cheap crops like corn and soy –strip most of the nutrients and flavour the food may have had and food chemists then use these items as a vehicle for heaps of chemicals to make them taste like something – an illusion of food. And agriculture looks for ways to keep on increasing crop yield which is sometimes very bad news for our soil, air, water and us.
We are Surrounded by Unhealthy Choices
So don’t get over-whelmed. Set short-term goals and make changes slowly and incrementally. You don’t have to do everything all at once. One week, remove unhealthy snacks from your cupboards and add fruits and vegetable snacks. Another week, replace white breads and pasta with whole wheat bread and pasta. Another week, look at portion sizes and cut back if necessary. Little by little changes can become habits. Other weekly goals should include replacing red and processed meats with lean proteins like chicken, fish or tofu; replacing processed or pre-packaged food with fresh options.
Some Healthy Tips
- take the serving size out of the package and eat it off a plate, people tend to eat more if eating straight from the packet
- restaurant portions today are huge, splitting a meal will mean you are more like to eat a healthier portion size
- mindless eating leads to over-eating, don’t eat in front of the TV or when busy with other things
- don’t shop when you are hungry, have a healthy snack before you go – people tend to buy more junk food and spend about 10% more if they grocery shop while hungry
- if you keep good food in your fridge you will eat good food
- put tempting, unhealthy foods away out of sight and keep fruits and vegetables within easy access
- never skip breakfast, it jump starts your metabolism and can prevent you over-eating later in the day – people who eat breakfast tend to make better food choices throughout the day
- eat slowly as it gives the brain and stomach time to communicate that you are full and puts less strain on your digestive system