Whether it’s summer, winter, or something wonderful in-between, eating well should be at the top of your mind all year long. Whole-food nutrients are key for holistic wellness, and eating healthy foods at every meal has its advantages, too.
What are the benefits to healthy eating?
A balanced diet can help you get the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body in tip-top shape. While you can achieve a healthy diet with supplements, eating a variety of healthy foods has benefits that are hard to ignore.
A healthy diet can help you control health issues such as:
- Cholesterol levels
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
In addition to physical benefits, a healthy diet can help improve your mood and mental health (i.e. depression and anxiety) as well.
How to start eating healthier
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers dietary guidelines that are easy to digest and understand. The big takeaway is to always consider your caloric intake and limit saturated and trans fats - as well as any added sugars or sodium. Try to eat whole fruits, whole grains, and all colors of vegetables.
The truth is most Americans have unhealthy diets, commonly filling their shopping carts with high-calorie, highly processed foods instead of nutrient-dense whole food choices. Thankfully, there are easy ways to rid your diet of bad-for-you choices and replace it with good-for-you equivalents.
Instead of fried chicken, for example, go for baked chicken with herbs. Instead of creamed spinach, steam it! Forgo peaches drenched in syrup, and instead pick up fresh peaches (or frozen without added sugars).
Use the USDA’s MyPlate guide to create the right balance of items on your plate at each meal.
Now that you’re well informed and ready to invest in a healthy diet, it’s time to head to the kitchen and start cooking. If you’re looking for something yummy, good for you, and rich in nutrients, try our Turmeric Harvest Stew. It will keep you full, instead of leaving you hungry for a sugary dessert.