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The Benefits of Good Nutrition and Healthy Eating

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8 Ways to Gain from Healthy Eating and Good Nutrition.

Good Nutrition And Healthy Eating

Healthy eating and good nutrition are important whether you are planning to lose weight or boost your immune system. In fact, a good diet regimen will automatically take care of your nutritional requirements and keep your weight balanced.


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.


The 5 Major Food Groups

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 food groups should be considered as each group plays an important role in fulfilling our nutritional needs. Some groups such as starches are best kept to a minimum especially if weight is a concern.


You too can easily learn more about these important food groups. Be aware of the ones to include more of and the ones to reduce for balanced healthy eating. Remember too that certain food groups do not agree with everyone so you'll need to adjust to your personal needs and preference.


For instance, some people do not digest milk products very well or have allergic reactions to certain foods, the common ones being nuts and wheat and gluten.

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If you are vegetarian or vegan

If you are vegetarian or vegan, chances are you're already getting lots of variety in your diet. It will be especially important though to pay attention to how you can get all your nutritional needs met with a little extra research.


Having an interest in just how important food is for our health and wellbeing will go a long way to choosing and preparing just what you need to stay healthy.


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.

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  • Eating healthily needn't be difficult. A good diet plan will automatically take care of your nutritional requirements.
  • Good nutrition will help guard against illness and keep you looking and feeling younger!
  • Include all the food groups if you can tolerate them and do not trigger allergic reaction. 
  • Food groups include: starches, fats and sugars, fruit and vegetables, proteins and milk and dairy products. 
  • Some groups such as starches are best kept to a minimum especially if reducing weight is a concern.
  • Any processed food should only be consumed in moderation, if at all.

8 Benefits of a well balanced diet

#1. Helps maintain a healthy body weight

Eating fresh 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 your body making it sluggish. The body then thinks it needs more food and will usually crave 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

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.

#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 wellbeing.

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.

Follow the 80-20 rule

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 percent 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, and paying more attention to what you eat 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 calcium intake for maintaining strong and healthy bones.


Food that is naturally grown, fresh when harvested, then 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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  • Follow the 80/20 Rule. Where possible adhere to eating freshly prepared food at least 80% of the time.
  • If you've let your healthy way of eating slip or you feel you need a boost take some additional vitamins for a while.
  • Where possibly buy really fresh food and compost any that is old as it will simply have lost its food value.
  • Changing your eating habits can be challenging at first but it's well worth the effort and you will be rewarded in many ways. 
  • You'll look and feel different and other people will probably notice and tell you how well you look - and that in turn makes you feel great!

Need help getting started?

If you would like help adopting a new healthy eating program then use the contact button below to arrange a no-pressure consultation to see how I can help you make the changes you desire (and faster than you might on your own).

About the Author Janice Bowles

Janice Bowles is a qualified hypnotherapist with over 25 years experience and specialises in anxiety, stress and emotional issues. Janice is also trained in smoking cessation and often works with clients wanting to lose weight. You can contact Janice here​ to arrange an initial online/telephone consultation.

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