Healthy Eating and Healthy Living

You often hear people say that you are what you eat. Extensive scientific research has proven this statement to be quite true. Research has shown diets to affect the brain’s neuro chemistry thus affecting our mood, our ability to concentrate and learn, our sleeping patterns and the quality of sleep we receive.

Food is not only essential to our physical well being, it has been linked to our emotional well being. Stress eating for example acts as a way of comforting ourselves and getting ourselves through tough situations. A healthy and balanced diet is however important. Dietary needs are highly individual specific as they are controlled by the level of activity, age, sex, health conditions and nature of work of a person.

That being said, not all foods are healthy foods the same way not all diets are necessarily healthy. If trying to control or manage your weight, your diet will be quite different from that of a person suffering a mental condition. It is not only important to watch what you eat, but how much of it you eat and how often you eat it.

Some foods are undoubtedly healthier than others. While fats are essential to providing hormonal balance and the development of cells as well as aiding the body to absorb other essential nutrients, saturated fats however, are known to raise the levels of bad cholesterol in your body thus predisposing you to heart related illnesses. These fats are mainly derived from processed foods more so processed sugars. Foods such as oily fish, olives and nuts are a good source of unsaturated fats.

Carbohydrates are energy rich foods that provide necessary fuel for your brain and body. Complex carbohydrates found in fruits and whole grain foods are considered a better source of energy due to their gradual break down providing a steady supply of energy to the body. Simple sugars break down easily releasing large amounts of energy causing a spike in your energy levels and activity only to be followed in a drastic crash. The result, a constant craving of sweet things and caffeinated foods and drinks.

Healthy eating habits as earlier mentioned are also a function of how much and when you eat. Eating in bits and pieces frequently can prove useful in maintaining healthy eating habits. By so doing, you provide your body with a constant supply of energy thus solving the problem of constant cravings and rapid changes in energy levels and mood. It is also recommended that you stock up on energy and fluids before embarking on energy intensive activities. Avoid taking in too much protein at this point.

This is because they take a lot of energy to break down and may result in you feeling sluggish rather than active. They are however important afterwards since they help in repairing muscle damage. A constant and regular intake of fluids is also important in maintaining a healthy body. Water is a must have. A colorful plate is a good indicator that you have a good variety of healthy foods in your diet.