- by Chef Henitz
In life, there are few things no man can live without, literally. On this elite list reside the merry couple of food and water. They are directly essential to human existence and a lack of either or both for a prolonged period can lead to death.
Simply defined, food is any substance consumed to provide basic nutritional needs and support growth in the body. Good nutrition is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activities and adequate sleep, good nutrition helps the body maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk to diseases and promote overall health.
Research shows that our food choices have a significant impact on our lifespan and the general quality of our lives. Today, the study of nutrition has gone far beyond the prevention of nutritional deficiencies and has extended into the role of nutrients in reducing long term health risks.
As the link between the food we eat and its corresponding impact in our bodies and overall wellbeing becomes more obvious, there is a need to be more conscious and deliberate about what goes into our mouths.
Perhaps the first building block of nutrition is, would be to clearly understand the concept of healthy eating patterns. The concept of healthy eating has been widely misunderstood and misinterpreted today. For optimum body function, all seven classes of food are essential.
To demonize a class of food on account of perceived harm is detrimental to the human body. The continuous absence of any nutrient would most likely lead to a deficiency, a risk of lower immunity and an open door to diseases. Restricting your diet (except when recommended by a certified practitioner) usually leads to eating disorders which eventually causes binge-eating.
Now, this is what a cycle of a negative diet-binge looks like.
Start a new diet, especially a restrictive one.
Begin to feel deprived (physically and psychologically).
Develop food cravings (often caused by an imbalance of the blood sugar levels and the secretion of a special substance in the brain which causes craving for sugary foods, called neuropeptide Y).
Give in to these cravings.
Begin to feel guilty as a result of out of control bingeing.
Start a new diet.
And on and on it continues.
These are the effects of negative diet cycles: –
A lifetime of yo-yo dieting.
A damaged relationship with food.
Neglect of your natural hunger and satiety cues.
Deficiencies, due to lack of important nutrients.
I will show you easy, practical, and viable tips to maintain good health. Your lifestyle must include the following:
Eat right (meals containing all food class in the right proportion).
Drink enough water.
Physical activities. You can take a walk at least thrice a week.
If you are a sedentary worker and the demands of your job would not allow you to visit the gym regularly, you can use the stairs instead of the elevator. You can park some metres away from your office and walk the rest of the distance.
Get a lot of rest. The recommended range is about 7-9 hours of sleep. While today’s woke society prioritizes less sleep, more performance, it is important to understand that your body needs enough rest and repairs itself when you sleep. Truly, health is wealth.
There are many myths today that clouds people’s perception of healthy eating. Many of these myths have even caused apathy and inaction amongst many people.
Some of these myths are:
Myth 1: Healthy eating is expensive.
Healthy is not synonymous with expensive. Several healthy, regular meals are affordable and do the body a lot of good when combined with other foods.
Myth 2: Healthy meals are boring and not appealing to the palate.
This is also not true as healthy food can be very tasty if properly cooked.
As a young person, you deserve to live your best life. More importantly, you deserve to live your best life, in good health and with full, long years on earth.
Cheers to that!