Paying attention to eating healthy, nutrient rich food is good practice at every stage of life and perhaps more so as we get older.
Good nutrition will help guard against illness, protect us from diseases such as osteoarthritis, help delay premature ageing and support good mental health.
There are five major food groups, and these are starches, fats and sugars, fruit and vegetables, proteins and milk and dairy products.
A balanced healthy eating plan that includes all the major groups should be considered each playing an important role in fulfilling our nutritional needs.
You can learn more about these important food groups, the ones to include and the ones to avoid for balanced healthy eating.
Of course, if you are vegetarian or vegan, it will be especially important to pay attention to how you can get your nutritional needs met.
There is currently a huge increase in vegetarianism and veganism, especially among young people and the commercial food market has taken to fulfilling this new demand.
While this is great in so many ways, much of the commercially prepared food that is now available, is processed and it’s important not to be lulled into the belief that because it’s non-meat it’s healthy. Any processed food should only be consumed in moderation, if at all.
# 1. Helps maintain a healthy body weight
Eating ‘real’ food that hasn’t been processed in any way will automatically balance your digestive and hormone system and thereby keep weight balanced. Reducing sugar consumption and complex carbs reduces food cravings.
# 2. Increased energy
Think of the last time you felt enlivened and full of energy? If that’s a distant memory, then maybe your diet could do with an overhaul. Poor eating habits put a strain on our body making it sluggish. The body then thinks it needs more food – usually high sugar or carbs – to get over the slump, which only exacerbates the problem. When your diet is balanced, you’ll automatically have increased energy levels.
# 3. Less prone to mood swings
When blood sugar drops, it causes those mood swings that we often associate with being hungry yet hunger per-say isn’t the issue. With a balanced diet you’re choosing foods that release energy slowly and thus avoiding those blood sugar dips.
# 4. Feel more relaxed
Eating a well-balanced diet is about self-care, which is an important component of not only our physical wellness but for mental wellbeing also. What we eat matters in all aspects of our life and good nutrition will absolutely aid relaxation.
# 5. Reduces Stress
When dealing with stress it’s important that we take a holistic approach and that includes our eating habits just as much as our lifestyle. Stress makes us more likely to indulge in poor food choices habits.
# 6. Healthy skin, hair, eyes and nails
When you see someone, who is glowing on the outside you can be sure that that person has a great diet. This is your body letting you know that your eating habits are on track by giving you the best feedback of all.
# 7. A strong immune system
If you want fewer colds, the resilience to illness and the ability to bounce back if you do succumb then your attention to good nutrition is key.
# 8. An overall sense of well being
What can be better than just feeling well? It goes hand-in-hand that when you feel well inside and out you are more likely to feel fulfilled in other areas of your life also and it can begin with good nutrition.
Of course, sometimes and perhaps for practical reasons it may not always be possible to adhere to eating freshly prepared food, however the 80 - 20 rule of eighty per cent natural foods included in your overall diet will work just fine.
There may be times when you need to give yourself an extra 'boost' with added vitamins such as when working long hours, recovering from illness or an operation, if you've been unable to eat healthy foods for a spell or if you play a lot of sport.
Some people also feel the benefit of additional vitamins when they are losing weight, however this isn't always necessary as long your new eating regimen includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish and so on.
A healthy balanced diet is important at any stage of life, however paying more attention to what you eat at fifty and beyond will go a long way to enjoying good health into the later years. As we age, it's important for women especially, to pay attention to their calcium intake for maintaining strong and healthy bones.
Food that is naturally grown, fresh when harvested and cooked, and prepared in a way that preserves as much of the food value as possible is going to provide the nutrients and vitamins your body requires to maintain optimum health.
Adopting and maintaining good nutrition and healthy eating is well worth the effort. Changing your eating habits especially if they’ve been neglected for a while can be challenging at first. However, once made they offer such rewards that I will bet you won’t ever want to eat any other way!
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Janice Bowles is a Stress Awareness Coach, Hypnotherapist and EFT Tapping practitioner, and for over 20 years has helped 1000's of people achieve life balance and fulfillment through effective stress management practices.
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