Healthy Eating Guidelines To Live
Ever hear the old adage you are what you eat? This is truer than you could ever believe. Think about your car for a moment. If you put cheap oil in the engine it won’t last long or if you put the wrong type of gasoline in the tank it may not even run. Obviously, your body is much more complex than an engine in a car, but the point is that you can’t put bad stuff in and expect your body to react well. So in this age of fast food, fast lifestyles and instant gratification is it the person who works harder and faster that gets ahead or is it the person who lives smarter? I’m going to argue that it’s the later.
As complex as your body is with it’s need for vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and carbohydrates, proteins and fats and the vast array of other things, is it fair to think that you can eat only a few foods and get everything that your body requires? I think not. As complex as your body and metabolism is, it’s important to keep in mind that your body needs a vast and diverse array of foods to meet the requirements of such a complex makeup.
The general consensus these days seems to be that eating healthy means that you have to eat tofu and greens and other things that just seem unpleasant. Instead, you should think of healthy eating as a vast diverse spectrum of available foods that come from every spectrum of the food chain or pyramid and eaten in moderation there really aren’t many foods that are really bad for you that you shouldn’t eat. Some of them may really surprise you as to what they are, but that’s really for another article.
Healthy eating is about choices. I make the choice to put good gasoline in my car and to do maintenance when it’s required and I expect it to run well because of it. As I said before, you are what you eat. You put in the good things and keep out the bad, eat right and exercise regularly and you’re bound to keep your weight down and feel great. It’s not that tough to do if you plan for it, and when you think about it there’s nothing more important for you to do in your life.
If you think you’re too busy to do it right I’m willing to argue that you’re really too busy not to do it right. If that’s the case then do one thing everyday for a week and I’ll prove to you that you’re not too busy. Keep a journal. That’s right, keep a journal of your time. Write down everything that you do that takes any time at all throughout your day. It’s simple really, when you get ready in the morning mark down how much time you spent. Travel to work, time at the office, lunch, travel home, eat dinner, run kids to where they need to go, time at the store, whatever it is, write it down.
Now at the end of the week take a look at how much time you’ve spent doing everything from travel to sleep to eating. I can guarantee you that if you were to plan to eat you can find the time to do it right. Spending an hour a week planning for meals is an important part of learning to eat right. It also means that those pesky last minute take out meals will be a thing of the past. Not only will you save time, but you’ll be saving money and eating better and feeling better.
Eating healthy is important to how we live. Your very quality of life depends on it. Your length of life depends on it. You owe it to your family, friends and most importantly to yourself to make the choice to eat healthy and live a long fruitful life. Start at the core cause you really are what you eat.