Nutritious food is essential for good health. Everyone knows that on some level, but being caught up in the hustle and bustle of living and getting ahead in society, the truth of it seems to get lost. There is so much to do and so little time. In all that rush, it is easy to forget to eat well – in fact; it is easy to forget WHY we should eat well. We rarely stop to think about nutrition or question whether or not our bodies are getting what they need.
It seems like every day there is a new report about what we “should not” eat, and more reports about what we “should eat.” People are confused. With the confusion plus the stress that results from intensely busy lives, it is no wonder that the average diet has become less and less nutritious. Too many have resorted to the easy way out by eating whatever is the most convenient.
However, it does not have to be that way. There is really no reason to be confused because good nutrition is quite simple if you follow four simple rules:
- Eat as close to nature as possible – fresh and organic.
- Avoid all processed foods (including white sugar and flour)
- Avoid anything with additives.
- Eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
If you can learn to use those rules to guide you in selecting foods, I promise your body will get all the nutrients it needs to be healthy and to serve you well for many years to come.
The Benefits of Proper Nutrition
- Plenty of Energy – Eat lots of fruits and vegetables in all the colors of the rainbow and never skimp on green leafy vegetables if you want your energy to be at its peak most of the day. Remember – you can eat all the vegetables you want and never worry about calories. Fruits are also terrific from a nutritional stand point, but if you are watching your weight, remember that fruit contains a lot of natural sugar.
As you begin the switch and let go of the processed, non-nutritious foods you have been eating and fill your diet with natural, delicious health-promoting plants and other fresh foods, you may even find yourself eating more than you have in the past . . . . and enjoying it more, as well.
- Normal, Stable Weight – Just the elimination of processed foods and eating lots of fresh,organic foods that provide the nutrients your body needs, will normalize your weight more quickly and easily than you can imagine. Everyone likes to look good, but when I talk about normalizing your weight I am talking about much more than how you look. Normal weight means you are a healthy weight for your height and body frame (looking good is a fringe benefit).
- Strong Immune System – If you want to feel good all the time and be one of those people who say, “I never catch colds or have the flu. In fact, I rarely get sick at all.” Learn to take care of your amazing body. Remember, the foundation of good health is to eat a nutritionally balanced diet all the time. The benefits will astound you.
You may be thinking that eating healthy foods takes a lot of time and energy and you are too busy to bother. You are right. It does take a little more time to squeeze your own orange juice than to pour it from a bottle or carton – but the taste is so much better (and the nutrition sky rockets). Just keep your eye on the prize – a strong, efficient immune system that will protect you from whatever crazy germs are floating around.
- Less Moody – Research in connection with the relationship between poor nutrition and mental health is in the early stages. But, there are some studies that already support the theory that vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals play an important part in preventing mental illness and dementia – depression in particular seems to be affected by diet.
If you or anyone you know has suffered from depression, you know how it can ravage a person’s life (and the lives of those around him/her). If there were any chance that eating more fruits and vegetables and giving up fast foods would help, it would be well worth the effort.
- Healthy Teeth and Gums – Taking care of your teeth is very important. This includes going to the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning, practicing good dental hygiene on a daily basis, and most important of all – getting proper nutrition from your diet to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
You may not be aware that gum disease has been identified as an indicator of potential heart disease. Problems with your teeth and gums can be a clear signal that all is not well – even though there are no overt signs of problems.
- Enhanced Ability to Focus and Be Productive – If you are in the habit of filling your body with caffeine every morning and then drinking more and more to stay awake, try eating a good breakfast instead, including a green smoothie or a glass of green juice (like wheat grass). You will be absorbing all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay sharp, focused and highly productive. An added benefit is that you will not hit the wall with the mid-morning slump! (And of course, eat a healthy, nutritious lunch and dinner, as well)
- More Physical Stamina – Diets that provide a solid supply of nutrients will help the body work at full capacity. The way you feel physically and the things you will be able to do without falling down in exhaustion will probably surprise you. You will find that you can once again ride a bike, walk on a treadmill, work in your yard, move furniture, hike through the mountains, etc.
Even sexual activity will be much more enjoyable and issues are more likely to disappear. ED drugs may become a thing of the past as your circulation increases. The chances for heart surgery (by-pass from clogged arteries) will diminish drastically, as well.
- Look Better, Feel Younger – A well-nourished body improves everything – your color (no pasty-faced, grey look for you), the sparkle in your eyes, the smoothness of your skin, the shine in your hair, the spring in your step.
When you begin eating a highly-nutritious diet all the time, you will begin to notice a remarkable difference in 60 to 90 days. You will feel better and look better. Your skin tones will be pinker, your skin will become clearer (age spots may disappear or get smaller), and the whites of your eyes will become whiter.
All of that is nice, but the most important change is that you will simply be healthier. There will be less chance of getting sick with colds and flu, as well as a significant reduction in your risk for cardiovascular problems – the #1 health concern in our country, which is directly related to diets that are filled with empty calories and devoid of nutrition.
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