We all know that eating well helps us to manage our weight, but that isn’t the only reason why we need to eat well. Sometimes losing weight is very difficult for people and causes them to give up on eating well when they don’t see results. Maybe some of these less visible reasons, but perhaps more important, will motivate for you to take your eating to the next level in 2019!
Feeling behind and overwhelmed? That candy bar isn’t going to help. Studies show that people who eat well are up to 66 percent more productive than people who eat junk food. Reach for fresh fruit, veggies, or a snack bar made from whole foods (Larabars and some Kind bars are good choices) and start knocking things off of your to-do list.
Who doesn’t want to have more energy? Eating clean, whole foods without added sugars and preservatives will help your body run efficiently, letting the calories give you energy without making you feel sluggish.
Some people say sleep is overrated. It certainly is not! Sleep is perhaps one of the most underappreciated parts of our day, and good sleep is fueled by good food. Eliminate sugars and caffeine for at least the second half of your day to let your body relax easier in the evening. If you need to have something to snack on in the evening, enjoy a hot cup of herbal tea instead.
Life is full of stress and struggles, and that isn’t going to change unfortunately. By choosing foods with high omega-3s, we can help reduce some of that mounting stress. Salmon (or other deep sea fish), avocadoes, flax seed, and walnuts are some of the best sources of omega-3s.
Decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes
You don’t have to be overweight to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It has to do with your genetics, but it also has to do with your diet. Our food culture is centered on sugar, and the prevalence of diabetes continues to surge. Set a limit on how much sugar you eat daily, and you will reduce your risk of diabetes greatly.
Inflammation has been blamed for serious illnesses like heart disease and some cancers, but also common problems like brain fog and stress. Whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and some spices like turmeric, cayenne pepper, and ginger can all potentially reduce your body’s inflammation.
Good for your heart
Your heart carries the stress of your body, literally. The better you take care of your body, including eating well, you reduce that stress, making it easier for your heart to function properly.
Set an example for kids
Your kids may not be making good food choices on their own just yet, but if they continue to see you making good choices, they will eventually make the connection and want the same results as you. Good nutrition is one of the best gifts you could ever give your kids to set them up for a healthy future.
Good for your gut
‘Being regular’ is something we all appreciate and what you eat has a huge impact on your digestive tract! When you eat well by choosing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you are also healthy amounts of fiber to keep your gut functioning as it should.
Improve your game
Are you reaching for a fitness goal? Want to improve your personal record? Try making some small improvements to your diet, and start reaching those goals. Nutrition matters when it comes to performance, and high performance isn’t only for the pros!