Is eating healthy a struggle? Are you tired of the never-ending cycle of dieting and starving yourself only to end up exactly where you started? Or maybe nutrition has not been a priority until now?
No matter the reason, adopting healthy eating habits is the single greatest thing you can do for your health.
What you choose to put in (and leave out) of your body matters A LOT when it comes to overall health. You simply cannot be "healthy" if you are fueling yourself with mostly garbage and empty calories. It might not seem like a big deal now, but you are setting yourself up for failure down the road. Each time you decide to eat something unhealthy, not only can it be detrimental to your health, but it is a missed opportunity to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive. Once in a while, totally okay! But if it is a regular occurrence its time to make some changes.
Looking to lose weight? What you eat, or don't eat, should always be your starting point. You will almost always lose more weight by eating a healthy balanced diet (not to be confused with "dieting"), compared to increasing your physical activity level, not that you shouldn't do both! Regardless of your weight loss goals, a healthy diet should be a top priority for everyone, and is one of the easiest places to start when refreshing your lifestyle.
But first, WHY?
Besides the obvious (excess calories), why are soda, candy, fast food, processed meats, deep fried foods, refined carbohydrates and a long list of other foods harmful to your body? In excess, these foods can wreck havoc on your body and set you up for health problems down the road. Learning WHY you should or should not consume certain foods can help you make educated decisions about your diet and stick to your goals. Check out the BLOG posts below for more information (this list is growing, new ones will be added weekly!).
So you have some idea of what not to eat and why, but besides shopping the produce aisle, how do you determine what you should eat? Being able to read and understand a nutrition facts label and analyze the ingredient list is key. For the average person with no health background, this is no easy task! I have always prided myself on being able to do this, however, the areas I focus on now are not the same as the ones I did 10 years ago. If this is the case for me, I can’t imagine what it is like for most of the population with no health background. Check out the post GET THE NUTRITION FACTS STRAIGHT for an easy to understand guide to reading and understanding a food label.
Also, check out this super informative video on healthy eating.