How to have a healthy attitude towards eating

by frank-stuart
11DEC

There is a great deal of advice to be found in the media, books, and on the Internet about healthy eating, some of it conflicting. It can be hard to know what to do for the best. Let’s apply some common sense to the problem.

Moderation is the key

If there’s one idea you take away from this article, let it be “moderation in all things.” By this we mean that it is important to eat a balanced diet, and not take in more food than your body needs on a daily basis.

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, our bodies evolved to help our primitive ancestors quickly access the energy needed to hunt for food, and cope with famine as well as feast. As a result, we’re programmed to find sugar and fat tempting, and to store what we don’t use. In today’s terms, that means if you take in more energy than your body uses during the day, the extra is stored as fat. It’s a simple equation.

Keeping this basic idea in mind can help you maintain a positive attitude, which is a vital weapon in your war against the temptation to eat sugary, or high-fat snacks or meals, particularly when you’re in a hurry, or tired.

Long-term goals

Maintaining a positive attitude is also useful in the face of the many stories and pictures about celebrities who appear to almost miraculously shed weight in no time. It can be easy to wish we could do the same, and to get frustrated when it doesn’t happen.

Don’t forget a celebrity may be employing a personal trainer, as well as a chef, and may also have the time to exercise for six hours a day. Remember too, that it is easy for the media to airbrush out celebrity cellulite, and that a Hollywood star’s private bathroom mirror may tell a different story!

So a second point to take away is that there are no quick fixes. A healthy attitude to eating is a lifestyle choice, rather than a two-month blitz. Setting a long-term goal to eat a generally healthy, balanced diet also allows for the occasional indulgence without making you feel as if you’ve let yourself down.

A balanced diet

A balanced diet includes protein, carbohydrates and fat, but remember – all things in moderation. You might wonder how you can get the balance right, so here are some tips:

  • If you are sitting at a desk for most of the day, your energy needs are likely to be different from someone who is doing manual work. You still need to keep your brain alert, but you don’t need to feed your muscles as much.
  • The good news is that getting your energy needs right doesn’t have to mean counting calories, points or any other system. Simply buy fresh food, rather than processed items that may have fat and sweeteners added.
  • Eat a variety of fresh food. Eating a varied diet helps make sure you get your vitamins and minerals without the need for supplements. Variety also helps avoid boredom, which can lead to the ‘munchies’. An easy way to check for variety in your diet is to make sure you eat plenty of different coloured fresh food items.

Remember, moderation is the key!

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