It has been mentioned time and again that we are what we eat.
There is so much truth in this statement as our body signals and reflects the quality of nutrition it receives in a number of ways. Many of these signs include sleeplessness, low energy, anxiety, stress or even depression. We often tolerate these signs regardless of how uncomfortable or unpleasant we feel. We will take them as the norm and go on with our lives.
The signs are regularly connected to one’s dietary habits. Making improvements to these habits can pay huge dividends over time in terms of overall health and quality of life.
We look at five ways in which nutrition affects our daily lives.
There is a strong co-relation between diet and energy. When you cut down on sugars, fats, caffeine and alcohol and instead incorporate veggies, healthy fats and fruits, you will very likely experience a massive boost in your energy levels, mental awareness and general wellbeing.
It is highly likely that if you are a large consumer of junk foods, you will certainly crave for these kind of meals and snacks. You are likely to be cranky or feel horrible when you can’t satisfy your cravings. This leads us to point number three
Many studies have pointed to the existence of a link between what we eat and how we feel. Other than just being bubbly and full of energy, the possibility of being crank, blah or moody exists and there is a good chance that this is related to nutrition.
This is a reality we all face, to varying degrees. There is every possibility that when our stress levels are highest our nutrition suffers most .We resort to impulsive behavior such as binge eating or ordering that second round of drinks. It is heartening to know that that moderate changes to nutrition can have a positively direct impact on stress levels over time. Here is a little nugget of advice – instead of reaching for sugars or booze in times of weakness, try a little exercise, the proven way to regulate and reduce stress levels.
Poor diets, especially those high in refined sugars and unhealthy fats, can lead to inflammation, impact muscle gain and weight loss, and negatively influence recovery time. By sustaining a more nutritious diet over time, one can experience reduced inflammation, better mobility, and improved quality of life. This is especially true of those living with obesity.
Remember, it’s just not what you eat but how you eat!
Sensible nutrition can be as easy as analyzing how fast or slow you eat your meals or how thoroughly you chew. Take note of everything you consume and then review your diet and eating habits. You could modify your mealtimes to ensure you do not eat food to close to bed time or ensure that you avoid bingeing on junk. You will be surprised at the results and probably driven to pay more attention on your nutritional habits.
Regardless of how you approach nutrition, there is no doubt that the choices you make will affect your daily life. The key is to find a strategy that you can sustain over time. Baby steps to the bus, as a wise person once said. In terms of nutrition and daily well being, the results can be tremendous.1