When we eat food that’s right for our bodies, our bodies work and feel better: we have more energy, we inhabit our bodies more fully, and we think more clearly. Changing your diet and eating more nutritious foods is not easy. Many of us have been told by our doctors to change our diets to . . . lower cholesterol, control diabetes or prevent heart attacks, but it seems to just fit the category of “EASIER SAID THAN DONE.”
What if you were told that eating more nutritiously would:
- make you feel happier?
- make you feel better about yourself?
- make you feel more focused and smarter?
- help you be more physically active?
- help you sleep better?
- improve your appearance?
It takes time to explore ways to make healthy eating easier and to make healthier foods more accessible. It’s important to learn how food affects our bodies and our moods. There are ways we can learn to cut down on food related stress and increase food related well-being. Learning to eat mindfully and being more aware of what we are putting into our bodies can help us to get more enjoyment out of our food.
When your body has a craving, listen to it and deconstruct its message. Ask yourself, “What nutrient is my body is missing right now?” While different nutritional plans include these in varying proportions, most nutritionists agree that eating in balance should include:
- Protein—an essential nutrient that helps your body grow, repair itself, and fight disease.
- Fat—a nutrient that supplies energy, promotes healthy skin and growth, and is a carrier of certain vitamins. Oils are fats in liquid form.
- Carbohydrates—essential nutrients that are the body’s main source of energy. Sugars are simple forms of carbohydrates and starches are complex forms of carbohydrates.
- Dietary fiber—plant material that cannot be digested but helps promote digestion and move food through the digestive system.
- Vitamins—nutrients that help regulate body processes.
- Minerals—nutrients such as calcium, iron and zinc. Some minerals regulate body processes while others become part of a body’s tissue.
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