Changing Your Food Choices Will Change Your Life
February 3, 2012 By Billy
This sounds like a tall order and may even feel overwhelming to someone who has been thinking about becoming healthier but has not yet developed a plan. Most people make up their list of groceries for the week and do not veer off the usual to a great extent. Making conscious decisions regarding your or your entire family’s health requires planning and forethought. If you are totally clueless where to begin, the internet or books about healthy living may be of benefit to you. There are a number of websites that can give you great recommendations how and where to start in replacing detrimental food choices with favorable ones.
The Yo-Yo Diet Game
Anyone who has ever even thought of losing weight has thought of dieting. For years, that was the only advice people received. Starve yourself, eat less, eat only fruit for three days a week; eat only rice for three days a week and so on. Failure was certain in probably ninety per cent. The ten percent that actually did lose weight may have paid a price in the damage this may have caused their health. In addition, very few people kept the weight off for any appreciable time. When a new diet came along, the cycle started all over again. This type of dieting results in disappointment and needless suffering. In the end, most people just give up. These crash diets also left many people’s bodies starving for proper nutrition.
Today We Think Differently
After the obesity rate has climbed to the highest ever and diets showed no positive results more research was put forth. The overall premise is still the same: Too many calories in and not enough calories out = obesity. What is different today is how reducing weight can be combined with being healthy and gain an overall feeling of well-being. The emphasis has shifted more from pure numbers to the overall health of a person. In general, it works itself out in a way that by eating healthy a person will automatically lose weight. In this sense, the effort of weight loss has become obsolete in favor of eating food that contributes to your overall health.
What Does The Body Need?
While it is true that every human being is an individual different from the next, human beings have certain communal needs. Vitamins E, C, E and beta-carotene, for instance are all antioxidants without which certain diseases would run rampant. Everyone needs Vitamins B, D and K. Minerals, such as iron, copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium and even lead are vital for the functions of blood building, clotting, taste buds, bones, teeth and internal chemical reactions. Trace elements, such as chromium and selenium, manganese and molybdenum also fulfill functions on cellular levels. Omega fatty acids are critical to overall health as well as lean protein. Because of these specific needs it is often wise to seek an organic health supplement.
Eat More Vegetables
Even when supplementing, eat fresh and reach for the dark green, leafy vegetables rather than the starchy ones. Starchy vegetables, like potatoes, convert their carbohydrates into calories you don’t need or want. Some fruits will also help you to get the nutrition you need. The rest of the minerals and trace elements you will get from vegetables, nuts and fruits as well.