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Live Healthy and Eat Well

Are you struggling with the fact that you don’t really know anything about how to stay healthy?

In the past most people took their health for granted, however, nowadays more people are making a conscious effort to look after themselves. Part of staying healthy is knowing the benefits of living an optimal lifestyle. Which incorporates exercise, healthy dietary choices and generally keeping stress levels as low as possible.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle puts you in a fantastic position, as the alternative would be having a medical condition that requires constant attention. This not only can be depressing but has the effect of causing rather expensive medical bills. Being able to enjoy life without a debilitating medical disease is definitely a better option.

Does your unhealthy lifestyle make your life difficult… maybe even miserable?

Poor eating habits combined with a lack of exercise and a stress-filled life have shown to result in many of the medical conditions we see today. Therefore taking time out to thoughtfully address these issues before they turn into real problems is a profitable way to staying healthy.

Consider for a moment having to deal with a poor dietary lifestyle:

  • Damaging and overworking of internal body systems
  • Majorly contributes to poor health conditions
  • The impact of cost to deal with healing these conditions
  • The stress involved with facing substandard health

So instead of having to deal with the impending poor management of health, why not choose the more vigorous option and start on a healthy eating habit, a regular movement regiment and stress-free mindset. As the human body naturally deteriorates when we age, it is important to put this knowledge into practice to ensure we can get the most out of our body.

Nutrition is important

As you already know, there are various diets available and most of the safer ones are designed around the importance of nutrient content. Nutrition is a key factor in having a healthy body system to allow it to function at its optimal level.

One way to ensure the right nutritional intake is to measure the amount of macronutrients you consume. Remember to include the right density of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, fibres, vitamins and water. Proper nourishment is useful to specific body parts as well as your overall physique.

Getting your life under control is crucial for every aspect of your life!

These are just some ways of how specific the benefits can be: 

  • The heart is an essential core of the entire body system. Special concentration is required to keep this organ functioning at an optimum level.
  • Your bones need to remain strong. Keeping them at a good density is crucial to avoid osteoporosis. Brittle bones can cause unwanted falls and fractures.
  • Your body energy is derived from your food intake throughout the day. You need to ensure quality nutrition to give you the necessary energy source to face the day

Often people disregard the importance of proper nutrition, especially when we’re young as we tend to think our health is infallible. Though with good nutrition the body will function at a higher performance and be able to withstand more adverse effects the world throws at it.

Watch your calories

I know that everyone has a different idea when it comes to the good and bad attributes of having a diet plan low in calories. And considering the reports that restricting your calorie intake may lead to a longer life. 

However, I believe it would be more beneficial for the individual to explore the best calorie plan for their lifestyle. Don’t adopt just any calorie diet in the hope of staying healthy, rather make it suited to your needs.

The impact that it can place on your personal life!

Remember, calories are not bad for the body, in fact, they are a necessity as they are an energy source for your body to function. The problem we generally see is where the calorie intake is higher than the usage of energy consumed. Thus resulting in the unused calorie being stored in the body, contributing to negative side effects which cause weight gain. 

This is a basic understanding, considerations for building muscle or losing fat need to be taken into account. As with long term effects of a continual large calorie deficit.

You can’t get away from it, all foods have calories, the only difference is that they all contain their own amounts of macronutrients. 

The usual measurement of the calorie content is:

  • carbohydrate is 4 calories
  • protein is 4 calories
  • fat is 9 calories

Most packaged foods will have a breakdown of their calorie content, and you can utilise apps to find nutrient analysis for a majority of foods. You can make it a quest to discover and track this information for your calorie intake journey.

A basic guideline to go by would be that most greens have comparably lower calorie content to other foods. Typically the tasty sweetened or foods contain a higher calorie content. It is normally better to go for lean meats as these also contain fewer calories than their fattier counterparts.

Even if you are highly active during the day, it can be advantageous to monitor the types of nutrients going into your mouth. Getting the right balance for your lifestyle goals keeps your body operating at its optimal performance.

Your food choices

We can often avoid healthy food choices because of the perception that they are normally bland tasting and rather boring. This doesn’t have to be the case though, with some careful planning we can alter our feelings about healthy food choices.

The costs of continuing to repeat this pattern are just too high…

Adopting healthy eating choices at an early age is a great way to insert it into the mind. But this can work later in life as well. Try to prepare healthy food in a way that looks and tastes better. The use of herbs and spices can add great tastes as well as contribute to nutritional benefits.

The worst part can be, the more you blame yourself, the harder it is to CHANGE!

Make a conscious effort to reach for healthier options whenever the opportunity presents itself. Within in time, this discipline will become second nature to you. For an innovated food preparation style you could try to make healthy foods look similar to unhealthy foods. 

Use mental and visual aids on the mind to encourage the healthier option 

  • carrot sticks in french fries packaging
  • put berries in candy packages
  • make smoothies packed with good nutrients
  • bake zucchini, carrot bread with nuts
  • cauliflower crust pizza with healthy toppings
  • homemade cakes, cookies stuffed with fruit

The road to a healthy lifestyle

As an added bonus, when you eat right, you’ll feel better and you’ll have more energy throughout the day. So for whatever you need that energy for, be it sport or a hobby – you’ll enjoy it more. Or even for work – you’ll become more productive, and maybe even make some more money because of it.

Nutrition is important and so is movement for overall wellness!

It’s time to start thinking about your quest to get healthy!

What nutritional changes will you start implementing on your journey for a better life?

By Johan

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