Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are both super important and not hard! However, a lot of people struggle when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle because they are constantly tempted by everything around them…and it’s hard not to be when food blogging and sharing your breakfast on Instagram is all the rage. Did you know that committing to a healthy lifestyle can actually be one of the smartest decisions of your life? Why? Because a healthy diet can not only make you look and feel good, but it also provides so many benefits in the future. And you can still Instagram your brekkie….just load your plate up with gorgeous healthy foods! Even when you decide to ‘eat healthy’, knowing what that exactly means can be quite challenging. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, lean meats, dairy products and whole grains should be a part of your healthy diet. Many people are under the assumption that healthy eating means ‘eating only veggies and fruits’. There are many, many ‘fad’ diets out there – if you’re all over social media you will know this! Some want you to quit sugar, some quit carbs… some don’t want you to eat for days at all, just juice it up! In the end, a healthy and balanced diet combined with decent amounts of weight bearing and cardio exercise will have profound long term effects on your health. Load up with protein for your muscle health, calcium for bone health, hydrate and eat loads of fresh fruit and veggies. Try to avoid foods that have high salt levels, lots of added, refined sugar or saturated fat. This includes processed foods such as chips, fast food, softdrinks and, yes, excessive amounts of chocolate. Before we get into the healthy food options, let’s note down 6 amazing benefits of a healthy lifestyle:
- You get to save money on life insurance
- Increased productivity
- Live longer
- It gives you a chance to regulate weight
- Enhances your mood and has beneficial effects on your mental health
- And the best one; you stay healthy!
Healthy Food Options
- Whole-grain breads are a better option than regular bread. In fact, anything that starts with ‘whole’ is good for you, such as ‘whole-wheat flour’.
- When it comes to bakery food, stay away from muffins and donuts. To satisfy your sweet tooth, go for things like sugar free protein balls or a piece of fruit.
- Fried snacks like potato chips should be avoided. Baked alternatives are much better if you really need to have them.
- It’s ok to lookout for low or no fat versions of yoghurt etc but be careful! Low fat can often mean high sugar so stick to greek style yoghurts and add fruit for sweetness.
- Try to avoid fried vegetables and settle for raw, boiled, steamed or baked veggies.
- Fresh fruit and veggies are always healthy.
- Beef, pork, chicken and fish are all great for you. Just go for lean pieces and make sure to trim the outside fat before cooking. Check out some beautiful recipes using herbs and spices for flavour rather than heavy sauces.
Now that you know how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, start making changes to your diet today!