The importance of healthy eating varies from person to person. But good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
It doesn’t matter your age, gender, ethnicity or current health status- eating well is something that will benefit everyone. You only get one body so it’s important to look after it, here are a few reasons to pay more attention to what you put on your plate and eat better.
It allows you to maintain control
There are so many things in life that are outside of our control, this is being perfectly demonstrated right now as we live through the Coronavirus pandemic. Not having control in our lives can feel scary, over time it can even affect our mental health. So it’s important to remember the things that we do keep a grasp on, and eating well is something that all of us can choose to do. Eat the right foods and keep junk to a minimum (don’t be afraid to enjoy it as a treat, just not all the time). Meal prep and plan, which means you’re always eating healthy even when time is short, and aim to eat your meals at roughly the same time each day. This can help you to maintain control, your body knows what to expect and you’re not going through periods of binging and starvation. You’ll maintain your weight easily, and if you make the right choices you have peace of mind that your body has everything it needs. Of course, many of us are limited by our budget and may not be able to afford exactly what we want, but make the best choices with what you have. Fresh vegetables for example are always cheap, and can be made into dishes with limited amounts of meat and bulked up with legumes like chick peas and beans. Rather than opting to have a cheap, unhealthy and unsatisfying processed dinner instead.
It helps you to learn new skills
Nutrition and cooking are incredibly useful skills to have. They’re something that benefit you and your entire family, and are things that can be built upon over time. Far too many of us stop learning and pushing ourselves when we leave formal education and fall into a rut with everything we do- including the foods we eat. But healthy living can be a great way to learn new skills in the kitchen and cooking techniques, it can be a wonderful way to find out about different ingredients and what they do to the body. Having a good understanding of food, cooking and nutrition can ignite a passion in you, and make living this kind of lifestyle much easier and more enjoyable.
It helps you to socialize
When you become someone that likes to cook, it’s only natural that you’ll want to share your talents with loved ones. And there are few better ways to get everyone over than with the promise of good food, drink and conversation. Rustle up tasty, delicious and interesting meals to wow your guests with, and you’ll get the benefit of socializing more as well as eating well together. Eating with your household and close family is really beneficial too, research actually shows that families that eat together most days of the week have lower incidences of child and teen obesity, drug use, teen pregnancy and more. The reason for this is eating together helps you to stay close and connected, so kids are more likely to open up rather than giving into peer pressure so quickly.
Think about your future self
There is no fountain of youth, we all begin to age pretty much as soon as we’ve finished growing. One day you’re young and full of spirit, the next you’re stressing over grey hair and looking at different styles of hearing aids. There’s no way to rewind the clock, however, living a healthy lifestyle and eating well can act as a preventative measure for all kinds of illnesses and diseases. Type two diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and over wear of joints (due to being overweight) can all be completely avoided if you live healthily, eat well and maintain a BMI that’s within the ‘normal’ range. Eating well now allows you enjoy your health today, and protect it as much as possible for the future.
Do you eat as healthily as you should, or are major changes needed? Where is your level of healthy eating of importance?