To be healthy we all assume that it is necessary to eat healthy food, of course, along with other things that are important for maintaining good health. So, healthy eating would be one of the imperatives. What are the others?
To maintain good health, we need to learn how to manage stress, for example. If you are constantly under stress, a healthy diet will of course help, but will not completely eliminate the damage caused by stress. Then we have to take care of physical activities, as if we don’t use our muscles, they lose their mass over time. If we don’t exercise or work out physically, some of the food we take in is not consumed, but stored in our belly and thigs as fat.
We also need to take care of our social life because it fills us up with the energy needed for mental health. Here, of course, we are talking about “healthy” relationships. We can talk about this topic indefinitely. In general, nothing is really simple and straightforward, but interconnected, and all connections are interdependent and necessary for vibrant health.
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating groups the foods that should make up our daily diets into 5 major groups:
- Vegetables, beans, and legumes
- Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes or beans
- Grain (cereal) foods, wholegrain, or high fiber varieties
- Milk, yogurt, cheese, or alternatives, reduced fat
What is Healthy Diet?
Foods are linked together according to the key nutrients they provide. A healthy diet consists of eating a variety of well-balanced food from each group to obtain different types and amounts of key nutrients.
Many of the foods we find in the modern diet do not form part of the 5 groups. These foods are often called “junk food” and we should avoid them whenever we can. Some foods we can find in the “junk food” group include chocolates, candy, cakes, desserts, pastries, potato chips, ice cream, butter spreads, processed meats, sausages, sweetened condensed milk, and soft drinks and alcohol. Even if they taste so good and they are very appealing we should avoid them and the best way is not to buy them. If you store them in your pantry, you can get tempted and you can always hear that tiny voice that convinces you in the end that you can have it “only this time”. Sounds familiar?
Therefore, if you feel “not quite full”, or crave sweets, take an apple or a banana. A healthier option is carrots and celery sticks or just a slice of cabbage. Just give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how good it feels.
Healthy Eating is vital for a good life!
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DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace medical treatment. The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.