No matter how health class or parents try to drill in the importance of eating and what you put in your body, it never seems to get through to sugar-loving children. As fun as that may sound, those sugar-loving kids grow up to have a poor idea of nutrition and a poor diet. Luckily, we live in a time where we have an abundance of information at our fingertips. A poor idea of nutrition or a poor diet doesn’t have to be a long-term issue.
Food gives us energy, helps our bodies process oxygen, blood, and all the things that make life possible. Our diet impacts how we look, how we feel, how fit we are, and how healthy we are. Put simply, food is fuel for our bodies, without which, we would be unable to function.
As we learn more about nutrition, we find new ways that it impacts daily life. Frequent studies are consistently showing that healthy food intake is the most important part of fitness programs. Physicians suggest healthy eating habits as a way to improve overall health by reducing obesity and related disease.
Unhealthy eating is one of the largest challenges to health and physical fitness. In the United States especially, obesity has become quite an epidemic. About ⅓ of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years old are obese. Even at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks, such as heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and hypertension.
Eating healthy and practicing physical activity positively impacts our health in several ways:
- Reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
- Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
- Promotes a healthy weight
- Improves overall well-being
- Improves personal appearance, such as blemish-free skin
Because of these impactful correlations, it is crucial to establish healthy eating habits in your lifestyle. With all of the various ideas of what healthy eating can be, it can be a bit overwhelming to attempt to introduce new eating habits into your daily life. Start with a few new foods/recipes each week and before you know it, you’ll have a whole new diet.
Try incorporating these foods into your diet:
- Greens – Good source of antioxidants and reduces inflammation.
- Oats – Improves digestion, increases metabolism, and is high in fiber.
- Fish – Packed full of amino acids, protein, and helps muscle building.
- Blueberries – Helps fight cancer, reduces inflammation and is a good source of antioxidants.
- Beans – Improve brain function and are high in fiber and antioxidants.