“You are what you eat” is a popular quote when discussing healthier options of food. Although it is often repeated, it is vaguely considered at family cookouts and when duplicating your late-great grandmother’s homemade cake. After overindulging we either nap, take a bathroom break, or wait 20 minutes before going for another round. The result, however, is the same. Our bodies use what’s deposited in them, in a complex process, as building blocks to repair or enhance. With that in mind, filling our bodies with foods we desire as oppose to what’s needed, causes a lack of vital nutrients. These nutrients are needed to protect us from both environmental threats (weather changes) and internal threats.
The absence of healthy foods never go unnoticed by the body and in worse cases by observers. Food plays such a role in how we function throughout the day. An absence causes us to be hungry. Too much makes us miserable. Not having our routine drink can make up grumpy. Too much sugar can make us energetic then suddenly crash. There are countless effects as to what food can do for us or to us; for this reason, eating nutritiously is imperative. If your normal diet consists of unhealthy foods, then you are unhealthy. (*Note: Size/weight is not synonymous to health.)
If you are not sure of where to start, in eating nutritiously, began here! Ask yourself a couple of questions:
Does this dish have a high salt/sodium count?
Is this food processed or fast food? *Processed food and fast food have high sodium counts.
Are my meat and sides greasy?
Is my entire plate one color (meat, sides, bread)?
Could I give this to a child knowing that they are influenced by high sugar doses [sugary desserts, snacks, beverages]?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you probably shouldn’t be eating or having much of it.
This is a simple, yet effective, way start to learning how to eat properly.