Diet for health
Diet for Health
When you think about watching what you eat, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Weight loss, right? While that’s probably the number one reason most people try to make better food choices, an even better consideration is what effect eating poorly has on your health.
What’s the food/health connection?
Research has proven time and time again that what you eat plays a very important role in your health. When you consume a diet high in fat, sugar and calories, you put yourself at risk of negative health effects such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer.
To be diagnosed with an illness that’s beyond your control is one thing, but to put yourself and your family through the pain, suffering, stress and anxiety, not to mention the expense of care, over something you could have prevented, is something entirely different. It’s like shooting yourself in the foot just to see if it’s going to hurt. It doesn’t make sense.
Eating for health
The main goal of your eating plan should be to supply your body the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to function efficiently and effectively. The secondary, but just as important goal is to limit the intake of foods and substances that can have negative effects on your health. What exactly does that mean?
Here are the things you’ll want to include in your diet:
- Lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, lean beef and pork and eggs
- Complex carbohydrates such as whole grain bread, brown rice, barley and sweet potatoes
- Fruits and vegetables from every color of the rainbow; the more colors in your vegetable crisper and fruit basket, the better
These are the things you’ll want to limit or avoid:
- Simple carbs such as cakes, cookies, pies, chips and crackers
- Foods high in trans fats like fried foods, butter, margarine and bacon
When it comes to health, it’s better to be proactive instead of reactive. Take the time and put in the effort to take care of your body now, and it will take care of you for many years to come.