When it comes to improving your overall health, exercising, eating, and stress management all play a huge roll in how you feel (and look) about yourself and life. Creating a healthy lifestyle is not about fad diets, but about making lifestyle changes that are long lasting and help improve your overall quality of life. Maintaining a healthy, well balanced diet is extremely important to living a healthy life.
Benefits of eating healthy:
Eating healthy is about moderation, portion control, and buying fresh products as much as possible. When eating, think more about fueling your body rather than filling your body. You do not want to eat until you feel stuffed, but until you feel satisfied. Not consuming enough nutrients, as well as over eating, will negate from the positive effects of eating a healthy, well balanced diet. Balancing your meals among protein, carbohydrates, and fats should be taken into consideration when preparing meals. If you are unsure about how much of each type of foods you should be eating, meet with a dietitian or nutritionist, they can help you find the right balance for you.
Also, try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible, as they will be higher in nutritional value than frozen produce or foods that have been transported a great distance before even reaching the stores shelves. Buying fresh usually means there is less chance of the products having chemicals and preservatives, no additives or hormones, and tend to be more naturally pure quality, especially if they are organic or non-GMO grown. Plus, fresh foods seem to simply taste better, and are more flavorful!
Getting started is the hardest step. If jumping all in is a bit overwhelming for you, start off small. Plan days where you are eating healthy, well balanced meals throughout the day a few days a week to begin. Start to add more days of healthy eating in after a few weeks. Continue to increase that amount of days of eating healthy until you are almost always eating healthy. (I like to leave some room for the occasional not so healthy meals, but keep those to a small limit.) Keep a food/feelings journal if that helps. Write down what you ate and how you felt after each meal/snack. Compare what you ate and how you felt each day. Sometimes seeing is believing. You may notice that on the days you practiced healthy eating, you had more energy, were more productive, and had a better night sleep compared to the days you did not eat the healthiest of meals. You may even notice that you feel more fatigued and less motivated the day after a day of unhealthy eating. Try it out for yourself. I am sure you will start to see and feel an improvement in your health by adapting to eating healthy.
Part of living a healthy lifestyle is about maintaining consistent healthy eating habits that will help improve your overall health. You will start to feel better, have more energy, focus better, and find yourself in a better mood more frequently. Eating healthy isn’t just about weight management, but about how you feel about yourself and your outlook on life. Eating healthy is about your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Take the first step and start eating healthy for a better you!
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.