Why Eating Healthy is so Important
Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your body. We talked last week about how, in order to live a healthy lifestyle, we need 20% exercise and 80% healthy food. Your diet will determine how you live your life - when you fill your body with good food (and I'm not talking about Hot Cheetos - although those are good!) it affects everything you do. Your mood will change, your lifestyle will begin to shift, and you will have renewed energy! It's Toxic Tuesday, and today, we're talking about Why Eating Healthy is so Important.
1. Your Overall Health will Improve!
Healthy food is filled with rich nutrients that will support your day-to-day living, promote healthy cells and repair damage. When you choose to eat healthy, you will see a dramatic turn in your body. You'll have more energy, be more active, and your mood will change, too!
2. You'll Have Better Weight Control
Aside from simply choosing the right foods to eat, you need to pay attention to portion control. When you take in the same number of calories as you burn, you ensure that you will have a steady weight. It's important to keep in mind that, coupling your diet with a solid workout routine will help you have better weight control (you might even lose a few pounds!) However, we don't recommend crash dieting, these systems are designed to set you up for failure. Try switching one or two items out in your diet for healthier options. Instead of reaching for chips, grab some skinny pop!
3. You will Increase Your Productivity
Your body needs fuel to run properly. When you eat healthy, you'll experience increased focus and therefore be more productive. A study conducted in 2012 by Population Health Management found that eating an unhealthy diet puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. A healthy diet will help you get through the day with increased energy, and you won't have to drink four cups of coffee, either!
4. Your Mood will Improve!
We talked about this earlier! What you eat has a dramatic impact on your brain, including the parts that control your mood. Unfortunately, there isn't a proven food that will act as an antidepressant. However, if you can maintain stable blood sugar, you will feel better on most days. The foods you eat will help your body regulate "happy hormones" making you less stressed, have increased energy, and overall feel a lot better.
5. You'll Experience Better Sleep
Eating foods rich in magnesium like, spinach, nuts, and seeds, will help you experience better sleep! We recommend giving your body a few hours of rest before you go to sleep and eat a light dinner. We've all had the late-night Taco Bell cravings and we end up staying up all night, not feeling well, because we overloaded our bodies with unhealthy food.
"STOP THE MUNCHIES"
This week's #toxictuesdaychallenge is "Stop the Munchies". Switch out one or two unhealthy foods you normally eat for a healthier option. It might take a few weeks to get used to not reaching for those Twinkies, but give it some time - you'll eventually start gravitating toward the healthy options! If you accept this challenge, tag us in a picture throwing out your unhealthy foods! @toxicoapparel
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