We all know that eating a healthy diet is important when it comes to avoiding certain health issues and extending the longevity of our lives. However, many people are unaware of the fact that the importance of a healthy diet goes far beyond the physical health of our bodies.
Believe it or not, our diet can have a large impact on our emotional health. This is something that many people are unaware of and this is likely part of the reason that so many people continue to eat unhealthy types of food.
Our mental health is just as important as the physical health of our bodies. After all, our bodies are quite useless if they don’t have a mind to control them.
The negative results that can be produced from unhealthy diets when it comes to our mental and emotional health are truly shocking.
Here are a few examples…
Depression is a serious problem and it seems as if the amount of people suffering from it continues to rise each year. There is a large amount of doctors and other health professionals that agree this is likely due to a westernized diet.
Our emotional state functions on a delicate balance and everything we do, including eating, can either impact our emotional health in a negative or positive way. Rather than falling into a rut of depression and eating for instant gratification, why not eat healthy food and prevent the depression in the first place?
Unhealthy types of food are also linked to issues such as anxiety. You know that morning cup of coffee that makes your work day possible? Well, believe it or not, the caffeine that wakes you up can also make you suffer from anxiety. I’m not suggesting you completely cut caffeine from your diet, especially since it is believed to be healthy in certain amounts. Rather I’m suggesting that moderation is everything.
There are many other types of food that are known to cause anxiousness as well. Sugar would be a perfect example. This is likely the reason, along with other health reasons that a lot of big name products are beginning to offer a wide variety of sugar-free products.
• Developmental Disorders
Here’s some shocking information that will likely get you interested in eating healthier food. Believe it or not, certain types of food have been linked to developmental disabilities such as ADD, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease! If this doesn’t get you motivated to eat healthier, I don’t know what will.
Now that I’ve shed some light on what’s really at risk when it comes to not eating healthily, I would like to go over some tips to help you get started…
1. Don’t Set Yourself Up For Failure
One of the biggest keys to success is setting yourself up for success rather than failure. By this I mean that it is important to be realistic while setting your diet goals. Basically, it wouldn’t be a good idea to expect that you will be able to change all of your eating habits in a single day. It may take time and there may be setbacks. However, if you remain strong and stick to your new diet, you will thank yourself in the future!
2. Stop Eating Processed Food
Processed meats and snacks are terrible for our physical and mental health. Don’t get me wrong, they may taste good but that doesn’t mean they are good for us!
3. Prepare Your Own Meals
This simple trick can make all the difference. When we prepare our own meals, we get to see exactly what is going into them. This, believe it or not, makes it much easier to eat healthier types of food.
4. Don’t Try To Go Cold Turkey!
There are a lot of people who try to give up unhealthy diets cold turkey. Basically, this means that they try to change their eating habits without first weening themselves off of some of their favorite types of food. Guess what, many of these people also are unsuccessful in the end.
Rather than making certain things completely off limits, try eating smaller portions and then eventually ridding it out of your diet entirely. This gradual change will be much more achievable than immediate change.
Change is possible in our diets, especially if we keep the above information in our minds during temptation. Remember, we are what we eat. Therefore, we should all strive to eat nothing but the healthiest types of food.
Believe it or not, there is plenty of healthy food that tastes great. There seems to be a stereotype that follows healthy food. For some reason, people think if it is good for you it must taste bad. This is not the case. Trust me, there is a wide variety of food that is great for your health and your taste buds.
Who would have ever thought that you could eat your way to a better life…