With the fast pace of living these days, we are all rushing to accomplish things and keep moving forward every minute of every day. In the process, we’ve drifted away from the healthy eating habits of our younger days (when we were under the care of our health conscious mothers) and resorted to caffeine-rich, fast food heavy diets that provide our taste buds with immediate gratification. What we often forget is that they also play a slow game of erosion that leads to the overall detriment of our physical (and eventually, mental) health.
What we need to be doing is eating healthy.
I dont know about you, but when anyone talks about ‘eat healthy’, the first thing I think about is spinach and cabbage and banana stems and other such equally unappetizing foods (well, they’re unappetizing for me, at least), to the exclusion of the yummy foods like french fries and mozzarella cheese and chocolate and ice creams and black coffee. But this is where we are often wrong.
Eating healthy is not at all about depriving yourself of tasty food.
Variety & Setting Realistic Goals
Its about eating right. Its about setting realistic goals to eat the healthy stuff, while also allowing yourself to indulge in slightly unhealthy food every once in a while. And why have your bitter-gourds the same way your mum (who maybe got the recipe from her mum) made them? Mix it up a bit! Try new ways to eat healthy food. Its always fun to be adventurous, and you get tasty food too in the bargain. Try honey instead of sugar as a sweetening agent. Not only does it taste great, but it also has varied benefits that will pay off in the long run.
One thing that we should keep in mind is to have a balanced diet. A balanced diet is simply one that contains all necessary nutrients and vitamins. The sources of these necessary supplements can be anything – even a sweet! As long as we consume in moderation, and keep it balanced, we can eat just about anything.
Exercise is Important
A lot of people, in the name of living healthily, either stick religiously to a healthy diet only, or a vigorous exercise schedule only. Like I mentioned before, too much of anything, with too less of another thing is not good.
Exercise is vital for a healthy physic. Not only does exercise help you burn calories and keep you fit, but it has a direct effect on your mental and physical health as well. Studies have shown that exercise improves moods considerably. While exercising, our body releases hormones and chemicals that lift our mood, and make us happier and more relaxed. Regular exercise also helps prevent & control several health problems. It also boosts your energy levels.