Developing Healthy Eating Habits
It is so common when our forty something neighbor suffered a heart attack or a colleague diagnose with diabetes that we immediately adopt a healthy eating habits. It is also a norm that we tend to easily forget the habit once the touching episode fizzles out.
The reality is we will never be healthy if we eat healthy meals only when we receive the rude awakening. While there are many medical, health and nutrition websites and books telling us what we should or should not eat, they ignore telling us how to develop healthy eating a habit. It is imperative that we develop such habit to attain and maintain good health throughout our life.
Unhealthy vs. Healthy Eating Habits
Both unhealthy and healthy eating habits are not developed overnight. For most people these habits began forming during their tender age. This is the reason why many adults find it difficult breaking the unhealthy habit since it’s been part of their life for many years.
The Reasons We Eat
There are three main reasons why we eat. One is for the source of energy to fuel our day. We would also eat for pleasure and social reasons. Unfortunately from health standpoint, some of the foods we consume for pleasure and social are not pleasing. The majority of us make our food selections according to what we see, smell or taste and hardly due to the nutritional values the foods carry. That’s why we have to be wise in our food choices and not let it solely rest on our sight, taste or smell senses.
Eating Healthy can be Enjoyable
Most people perceive eating healthy as unexciting and tasteless. This is best explained by the voluminous number of TV commercials that promote high calories, fat, or sweet and exciting foods as compared to those that promotes nutritious and healthy foods i.e. fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Thus, if there are more nutritional programs and exposures in our daily lives, lots more people would find healthy eating to be enjoyable and tasty.
Achieving Healthy Eating Habits
Unhealthy foods nurture unhealthy body. It would be wise if we could have a programmed visits to family doctor to determine our current state of health. Though we may have been active all our lives by running 20 miles each week or going to the gym three times a week, just don’t take things for granted, we would never know. Disease such as diabetes can be very harmful if not treated early and it is one of the leading killers in America.
Being diagnose of? a critical disease such as diabetes at an early stage has its advantages. For instance, prescription medicines which might trigger side effects may not be necessary. We
may instead opt for natural or alternative medicines such as homeopathy or aromatherapy which is fast becoming the treatment of choice these days. As most diseases are caused by foods we eat, early diagnosis would also give us the opportunity to learn about the disease and how to improve our eating habits. Getting the relevant information from internet user groups or forums and ebooks which are widely available would significantly help us deal with the situation.
Benefits of Healthy Eating Habits
By developing and maintaining a good healthy eating habits would normally put us to the road of recovery. Not only the habits will turn our health situation around but we would also be in an excellent health, feeling great, sleeping well and most importantly we appreciate life better. Good eating habits bring healthy weight, good levels of blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol.
Take responsibility of our own health. Eat healthy foods and perform workouts habitually. Our bodies have laws governed by proper nutrition. By consistently eating unhealthy meals, we effectively violate these laws. Our bodies will subsequently suffer and it might be too late to turn it around. It is important that we develop a healthy eating habits.