Eating and a Healthy Lifestyle

In our day-to-day life we make a number of choices about our lifestyles and the things we eat. But the choices we make for our family including ourselves can affect our health and our ability to enjoy our future life fully by remaining active. In this way our eating habits can affect our lifestyle. The information provided here under about eating healthy can make the things clearer about its effect on one’s lifestyle.

What is healthy eating?

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The food you eat can help in defining your health as it can improve your health as well as increase the risk of certain health issues. So, to remain healthy you will have to make some changes in your lifestyle, eating habits as well as the environment you live in as well as work in.

When you start eating healthy then you need not make disastrous changes in your eating habits. Moreover you need not change all of your eating habits immediately. You can change your habits gradually by setting a few small goals. After some time you will see that your small efforts have made considerable difference in your overall health.

Benefits of eating healthy

In this way, you can eat healthy food when your start changing your environment as well as eating habits. Eating healthy food is good not only for your overall health but also for your body weight. It will reduce your weight to a healthy level and maintain it. One can improve his eating habits by making small changes in his lifestyle consistently.

How to change your eating habits?

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You will have to make some small changes in your eating habits from time-to-time for eating healthy food. It will help you in making your health better as it is easy to make small changes in one’s life.

Some ways to change your eating habits

  • At your home as well as your work you can keep some low-fat dairy products, more fruits, whole-grain foods and vegetables for eating healthy food and avoiding unhealthy foods in your routine diet.
  • You can focus on eating healthy diet just by eating a meal at the dining table or in the kitchen with your family.
  • Cooking yourself can also be a good way to eat healthy. You can buy a recipe book and start cooking yourself but to restrain yourself from snacking the ingredients while cooking you should chew a chewing gum.
  • You can easily control on your eating habits at work by taking packed healthy snacks or lunch with you.
  • Another way to control your eating habit is to eat snacks from a plate instead of from a package.
  • Avoid delaying or skipping your meals and eat them as per your schedule to avoid eating unhealthy snacks. Unhealthy snacks attract you when you feel hungry at odd times.
  • People usually focus on eating a lot who often feel too much hungry. It is also a bad eating habit. They should eat small amounts of food frequently to satisfy their hunger.
  • Instead of drinking sugary drinks it is better to drink water to remain healthy.

Thus, by eating healthy food and making some changes in lifestyle one can remain healthy for long.

Effects of a Bad Diet

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Maintaining a healthy balanced diet can be an easy task to some, but to others it is seen as demanding and unmanageable. The truth is, eating a balanced diet should be something you instinctively do. If you find yourself struggling to maintain the diet, then you should develop ways to keep yourself motivated and focused on the real goal, which is to live a healthy life. You should know that the effects of a bad diet are frightening. Today, we are going to give you some of the consequences of maintaining an unhealthy diet over a long period of time.

1. Obesity

Continuous consumption of unhealthy foods and drinks will eventually lead to weight gain. Whereas gaining weight is not a problem to some people, it becomes a very unpleasant situation when it turns into obesity. Obesity occurs when there is excess or abnormal fat in your body which puts your health at risk. At this stage, you are basically considered overweight. Obesity causes numerous diseases such as Kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease and even certain cancers. Such illnesses might eventually kill you if you keep on consuming the unhealthy foods. 

2. Diabetes

The risk of getting diabetes is almost inevitable if you continue with the unhealthy diet. It is mostly caused by large consumption of foods with saturated fats. What happens is, the amount of fat in your body increase and the insulin functionality decreases. This puts you at a very high risk of getting type-2 diabetes. If you aren’t aware, insulin is the hormone that assists in carrying glucose to the cells in your body. Diabetes makes the liver, fat and muscle cells less responsive to insulin. This is called insulin resistance, meaning that the glucose is unable to enter your body cells. With nowhere to go, glucose accumulates in your bloodstream leading to a condition called hyperglycemia which is highly connected with type-2 diabetes. Some of the effects of diabetes are; kidney and eye problems.

3. Brain function problems

Our brain requires glucose to perform some basic tasks such as; speech, concentration and thinking among others. If we deny the brain such nutrients, then we risk disrupting its functionality. Foods commonly needed to produce glucose are complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. They should therefore be included in your diet but please note that there are other types of foods rich in fat and carbohydrates but toxic to your body therefore you should ensure they are healthy.

4. Depression


Unhealthy eating can cause depression. Depression has been a major cause of suicide among many people. When you eat a lot of junk foods, sometimes you feel ashamed, especially if you were trying to maintain a healthy diet. This shame eventually leads to stress because you might crave more, this in turn causes depression. Depression may send you into a spree of unhealthy eating. Furthermore, Junk foods lack tryptophan since they have insufficient nutrients. Tryptophan is the amino acid which provides the brain with serotonin. Serotonin is usually changed into dopamine which is known as the “feel good’ hormone. According to research, lack of enough serotonin and dopamine leads to feelings of sadness, depression, anger and tension.