As a human being living in a world distressed by numerous diseases and infections, you need to pay close attention to what you eat and how you eat because your health is directly determined by what you eat. If you’re to be effective in carrying out your responsibilities as a mother, wife, husband, worker, then you should be mindful of what goes into your body.
The food we eat is essential to our well-being. It provides us with the energy and nutrients needed to function maximally and stay healthy. It guarantees proper growth, development and maintenance of human body. Sadly, not many people understand the necessity of eating well. Hence, they have destroyed their health and lives by what they eat, how they eat and when they eat.
Eating well isn’t just about filling up the stomach to stay alive as some people think, rather, it’s about eating right food in the right proportion in order to give your body the right amount of essential nutrients it needs daily. To stay healthy, active and productive, the body needs a variety of nutrients from the food we eat. And it is important to consider the quality and quantity of food we consume daily to ensure we didn’t fall sick.
If you eat less than the quality and quantity of food your body needs per time, your body system will lack the required amount of nutrients it needs to function properly. And if you eat more than the required quantity, you stand the risk of health-related problems, such as obesity. Thus, it is imperative that you don’t eat anyhow, or anything you see; eat well-balanced meals in moderate proportion. But how do you ensure that you eat well and eat right?
- Obey the rule of healthy eating: Eat balanced diet, that is, eat a variety of whole food. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diets; avoid processed and junk food as much as you can.
- Base your meal on higher fibre starchy carbohydrate: These include the bread, rice, pasta and cereals, whole wheat, brown rice and so on. Avoid saturated fat; eat more fish, including a portion of oily fish; increase your protein intake and reduce fat milk and other dairy products; eat food rich in calcium and iron. Watch your salt intake to avoid high blood pressure.
- Say no to sugary drinks, go for unsweetened beverages or infused water instead. To avoid eating anything you see when you’re hungry, keep healthy food readily available. Never skip breakfast and always plan your meals for the week ahead. Eat healthy and nutritious high-fat foods such as nuts, whole eggs and legumes instead of processed meat such as sausages and burgers.
- More importantly, get personalized nutrition information on how much you should eat. This depends on age, gender, weight and other factors. Finally, avoid eating late at night. Remember, what matters isn’t just what you eat but when you eat as well.
From your bestie, Oduigwe Chidera Dok. Wish you happy Christmas in advance.