Healthy Eating

Posted on January 22, 2020 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

According to statistics of the World Health Organization, in the modern world, one of the main causes of death is cardiovascular disease, especially in countries with developed economies. Experts believe that the main cause of these diseases is unhealthy eating. And this is only one group of diseases. In fact, up to 90% of diseases are directly related to bad eating. It reduces human life by 2-3 times. And this short life becomes a constant struggle with various illnesses (Kharofa, 2014).

Adherents of a healthy lifestyle on their own example have proven that people can live more than 80 years, remaining healthy and active (Archer, 2011). One of the main components of a healthy lifestyle is proper and healthy diet. Generalizing the experience of doctors, nutritionists and people leading a healthy lifestyle, we can identify the basic principles of healthy eating. Based on these principles, each person can choose individual, most useful for his body nutrition and diet.

Healthy eating is eating during which the body is provided with all necessary materials and energy, and not contaminated, so it is not conducive to the emergence and development of disease (Sieben, 2011).

Proper healthy eating is a prevention of disease. Someone, who leads a healthy lifestyle and eats right, is not afraid of any weather changes, sickness, or viruses. Such people are always cheerful, active, more durable and resilient, and they live longer. But if you are already sick and you don’t follow the principles of healthy eating, then you should move to a healthy diet not immediately. Gradually stop eating harmful foods (or replace them with healthy foods), and build new, healthy eating habits.

Everyone understands that proper nutrition is not only control of the calories and endless diets, but a complete diet, which must contain all the necessary products: meat, cereals, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. People only need to avoid “harmful” biscuits, chocolates, semis and sugary soda.

Several years ago, nutritionists brought a number of “regular” products that not only strengthen the body, but also help to lose weight. It is known that the body, not receiving all the necessary substances regularly, begins working worse. To avoid this, it is important to choose the right diet and stick to it every day.

Often we eat what comes to hand, something we can buy and quickly reheat in the microwave. Sometimes there is no time to identify whether the product is harmful. The main criterions of choice in food are tasty, fast, satisfying, cheap and it’s not right.

Healthy lifestyle is a daily package of measures, which consists of a proper balanced diet, exercising, avoiding harmful habits, positive and balanced view of the world. All this is a way of life and style! Healthy people wanting to lead a healthy life do not necessarily go to a dietitian and buy huge amounts of books on nutrition, which sometimes are confusing and frustrating. In order to feed themselves and their families with healthy and proper food, it is enough to follow a few rules of modern dietetics.

The most important rule is that it is necessary to maximize enrich of the meals we eat. It is desirable to increase the use of seasonal vegetables, fruits and berries – then your body will not have a vitamin deficiency, which affects people in spring. Also, it is necessary to reduce the amount of animal fats, partially replacing them with vegetable oils. Limit consumption of pure sugar and salt. It is better to substitute confectionery sweets with honey and dried fruit, and salt – with spices.

Sticking to a healthy diet is very simple. To do this you need:

  • learn how to cook healthy food;
  • follow a few simple rules of eating;
  • eat only fresh, healthy foods.

The main rules of healthy eating I try to follow are:

  1. Reduce animal fats.
  2. Eating more foods rich in saturated fatty acids, such as Omega 3 (red fish, vegetable oils, nuts).
  3. Eat foods that contain fiber (cereals, vegetables, fruits, dried fruits).
  4. Eat freshly prepared dishes.
  5. Do not fry in butter and completely eliminate margarine from the diet.
  6. Abandon overly salty foods.
  7. Instead of milk use consumed milk products (kefir, yogurt, fermented baked milk).
  8. Meat, fish and poultry must be freshly cooked and only with herbs and vegetables (parsley, celery, fennel, lettuce, green onions, cabbage, etc.).
  9. Every day I eat a salad of fresh vegetables or fruit salad (Taylor, 2011).

From my own experience I know that in order to follow the rules of a healthy diet, I need to limit eating following foods: sugar, salt, smoked and fried foods, fatty pork, pastry products, canned and preserved foods.

Of course, a complete rejection of harmful products requires a huge effort of will. But if a bad mood can become better after a piece of cake – do not worry. Stress is much more dangerous for the body than the cake, which will help to deal with it. Try to live without stress, in harmony with yourself – it is another important rule that shapes our healthy lifestyle.

I do not forget to eat (preferably daily) all kinds of cereal. They are the best “healthy” product to start the morning and eating them is both tasty and useful. Cereals are rich in fiber (which is necessary for proper digestion), minerals and vitamins, which support our nervous system. Under constant stress, porridge is the best sedative! Cereals are “long” carbohydrates, they provide the body energy and satiety before lunch.

Fashion on the right and healthy lifestyle has come to us from Europe, where in the late 60’s there have appeared products of the category “healthy & wellness”. Logo “healthy & wellness” mark foods low in salt, sugar, fat. Vegetables and fruits with this sign are grown without the use of chemicals, growth stimulants and genetic engineering techniques.

In modern society, a healthy diet plays a very important role in life. Survey of US women has showed that a healthy diet confidently leads the list of values. More than 60% said health is more important then sexual relations. 70% of respondents would easily change child’s good marks for healthy nutrition, 60% would not agree to save money by replacing healthy food with cheaper counterparts. More than 80% said they would prefer a healthy body instead of beautiful wardrobe, and 55% would be willing to abandon the career for the sake of proper nutrition (Stevens, 2011).

The role of healthy food in a person’s life can not be overstated. Almost all our health problems originate from the inability or unwillingness to organize regular diet. Therefore, a healthy diet every day is one of the key factors in a healthy and active lifestyle. Healthy diet combined with regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases and disorders such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Eat right, and results will not keep you waiting!

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