Did you know that eating healthy foods such as fruits could make you happier? It’s true, there’s scientific research that backs it up. It’s not just because you are happy about yourself for sticking to your diet. There are chemical reactions happening in your body when you ingest the right foods, which are providing you with that happy feeling.
Did you know that if you ate a healthy and varied diet that you probably don’t need to be swallowing pills such as a multivitamin, vitamin D, or an omega supplement. We all know the importance of delivering the right vitamins to our body.
Lets look at a few of the different ways food can benefit us:
Eating a diet with food that provides your bones with the nutrients they need such as calcium and vitamin D, can prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can keep your immune system strong and prevent too many sick days.
Good nutrition can help you sleep better.
By eating a nutritious diet you can help prevent memory loss later in life.
Healthy food can help you have clearer skin because unhealthy food can cause acne.
In terms of performance and exercise, the right food can help your muscles get stronger and help your body recover from your workouts. (Nutrition and exercise performance will be the next nutrition blog post!)
Some specific foods can help you feel less sore after exercise and can help you recover much faster.
A sugary snack might give you instant energy but its temporary effect will wear off and leave you feeling worse than before. But good food will give you sustained energy to help you get through a long workout.
It might be hard to introduce some new healthy food to your diet and it will be especially hard to break the habit of eating unhealthy food. But know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Once you make eating healthy a habit, you will greatly reduce your cravings for unhealthy food!
It seems people are only interested in how their body looks when they start a diet and don’t understand or acknowledge the effects different kinds of food have on their body. A healthy diet will give you more energy, improve your mood, reduce stress, help your body function properly and aid in transforming your body composition.
Wouldn’t you want to have a goal of providing your body with the right foods so that you look good AND feel good? What’s the point of eating for a specific body image that you want, but feeling miserable, low energy, no focus, and not feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally?
I say let’s forget the body image you are so desperate to achieve and instead focus on how each different food we put in our body effects us. Let’s learn what vitamins they provide our body so that it functions properly, what diseases they help prevent, or how specific foods can help our skin become clearer, our hair healthier, our vision stronger. Doesn’t that make you more motivated to make the right choice when deciding weather to eat an apple with endless nutritional benefits or a bag of potato chips?
Once you understand why you should be eating the right food and how many benefits they provide, I’m sure you will be more encouraged to start making healthy choices. And then sooner than later, you will find yourself looking in the mirror staring at the body image you’ve always wanted AND feeling great on the inside.
Check out this amazing website that lists probably every type of food you can think of and explains the benefits of each one: http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/
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