What happens when you put the wrong fuel in a car? It won’t run.
The same is true for your body. If you don’t give your body the fuel it needs (vitamins, minerals, and other juicy substances), it won’t run as well as it should.
You might feel lethargic, depressed, weak, or even become sick. So, why is eating healthy important? It’s important because it will help you live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
But this isn’t just about eating broccoli or salad day after day. You can eat a healthy diet that’s also rich and satisfying.
The Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
I used to drink a lot of soda, eat candy, and junk food, when I was younger. After a few years, it caught up with me. I developed eczema, stomach problems, and I was dipping my toes into the never ending pool of depression.
I don’t regret any of it, because as I hit bottom, I thought to myself, “There has to be a better way.” And there was. That’s when I found natural health, and how to eat a healthy diet.
The benefits I started noticing were:
- Improved immune system (bye bye flu’s)
- I felt inspired to live life to the fullest
- I had more energy to spend family
- I wanted to exercise more
- My eczema started to clear up little by little
- My stomach problems disappeared
- My stress levels went down
- I had better control of my weight (bye bye belly)
You could probably find many other health benefits if you browse the web, but I wanted to share my personal story, because that’s what most people leave out.
The Myth of the Perfect Diet
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t eat a perfect diet. I used to be very strict about what I ate, and it drove me insane. It made me miserable. From time to time, I have periods where I eat candy, pizza, ice cream, and even hamburgers. But they don’t make up the majority of my diet.
Instead I follow the 80/20 rule. I make sure that I eat whole, healthy foods about 80% of the time, and when I feel like it, I’ll eat something not so healthy.
There’s no need to force yourself to do anything, and this is one of the big problems we face today.
The “Big” Problem You Face
You’re bombarded with information about what is healthy, and what is not, and you’re probably confused. You wonder why it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet, and you probably wonder if it’s worth it.
I know, because I certainly did in the beginning. It seemed easier for me to just eat the way I’ve always done, and that’s what I did, until it all caught up with me.
After I started having issues with my health, something had to change, or I was going to significantly reduce the amount of time I was going to stay alive.
So I had to make things work, and I had to cut through all the fad diets, and fluff advice out there. I had to find what worked for me, and that’s what I did.
How to Start Eating Healthier
When you start consuming a healthier diet, you do it slowly. Don’t try to change everything all at once. While it may work for a few weeks, eventually it’ll become so uncomfortable that you’ll go back to your old routine.
Then you’ll wonder why you failed. You’ll start to question if you’re meant to even be healthy, and the truth is that you are, but you have to take things one step at a time.
In the beginning, focus on adding healthy foods you like to your diet. These could be options like:
- Delicious fruits
- Tasty salads
- Whole foods (sweet potatoes, rice, and so on)
So keep eating what you’re eating, but eat three or four bananas before one meal. This will fill you up and you won’t be able to eat as much “junk food” as you used to.
Do this for a week, and then you can add another food, or you can eliminate something from your diet.
Remember to take baby steps. If you eliminate something, do it in tiny increments. For example, if you’re used to eating a hamburger with fries every week, start by eliminating a few fries every week.
Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s important that you take tiny steps, because that will give you time to acclimated to the changes.
The Bottom Line
What’s worked for me is to be kind to myself, because in the end, this comes down to living a happy and healthy life.
This isn’t about depriving yourself of the food you like, but shifting things around a bit, and making tiny changes.
Let go of some of the stress you feel about changing your diet, and realize that you can do it in baby steps if you want to.
This should be fun, and it should be joyful. It will take some effort to change, but that effort will be well worth it, because you’ll start to feel happier, more energized, and look better.
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