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Healthy Eating

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well – Virginia Wolfe

This quote immediately represents how healthy eating in general has a positive impact on us. Along with physical activity, a nutritious, balanced diet is the foundation of healthy living. It increases our general performance and helps to build up our immune systems. Healthy eating also reduces the risk of obesity and illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

People need to eat ranges of food to get all the nutrients and fibre your body needs. A well balanced diet consists of protein, carbohydrates, heart healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water. This means avoiding processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol. Fats are an important part of your diet, but foods that are high in fat or sugar provide us with energy but no nutrients. Sugary foods can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Fruit and vegetables are great food sources of many nutrients, in particularly vitamins, minerals and fibres.

Eating the recommended 5 a day is an important part of our healthy eating plan and has real health benefits. It can help to prevent heart disease and some cancers. Drinking water is an absolute necessity for our health. Our bodies need water or fluids to work properly and avoid dehydration.

Making changes to our diets is hard, but if we do it gradually making day-to-day changes we will have a long lasting effect. Improving your diet can be easy by eating three balanced meals a day with healthy snacks in between, if you need them. Breakfast is another necessity, especially if you’re looking to lose weight. Breakfast gets your metabolism working which is what burns the calories you need to burn to lose weight.

Making small changes in your diet can help to improve your living standards and give you a better future. Having the odd treat is something we all do and can’t deny, but by having a nutritious, healthy diet we can make room for these rewards. This makes the treats so much more worth it.

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.

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