Never before has eating healthy been such a hot topic. With obesity, diabetes sky-rocketing the market is flooded with millions of promises to “quick success” and “diet” advice. However, many people are left with so much garbled information that they do not know how to filter truth from fad and where to begin. The want and need is there, but the how-to is a foreign concept. So how can anyone figure out where to begin?
Basically “diet” is a misused word. A diet is not a sacrifice of something to lose weight; instead a diet is a pattern of eating for life, a pattern that not only sustains us but meets every one of our individual nutritional requirements. The main question for many is just how to incorporate better nutrition into our eating.
We are all responsible for our own health; not our spouses, our parents, and not even our doctors. We have to live in our bodies for the rest of our lives, so it’s up to us to make sure it has what it needs to function at its best.
Our body is basically a complex machine that has nutritional requirements that have to be met. If these requirements are not met, our body does not function properly. When our body is not functioning properly it gives warnings. The majority of diseases afflicted to us; diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and many more, are ways our body tries to warn of bigger impending problems.
Think of our body like a car, when there is a problem with a car a warning light comes on. At that moment we have two options; figure out the problem and fix it, or unplug the light. Many people are ignoring the “warning lights” of our body, and instead of fixing the problem we unplug the light by taking medications that only mask symptoms not fix problems.
So how to make sure we have all of our nutritional needs are met? The easiest beginning step is by making sure to take a high quality multivitamin daily. Think of a multivitamin as insurance, by taking it you can “insure” that the very basic of your nutritional needs are met. Nutritional requirements can vary from person to person based on many factors including: age, sex, health problem, activity levels, whether you are pregnant or nursing, as well as current eating habits. It is best to hire a nutritional expert, or to do your own thorough research on your own nutritional needs.
In addition to a multivitamin, it is important to eat a healthy balance of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well a whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. A good balance, as well as choosing high quality, preferably organic choices are equally important. Although some argue that the cost of healthy eating is far higher than choosing unhealthy options, the price difference is minor in comparison to the savings from sustaining your good health and avoiding costly health problems along with costly medical procedures, and prescriptions in the future.