Most women think they know the importance of healthy eating on a day to day basis. And if you ask them if they're eating healthy, most will claim to be eating a healthy diet.
So what is a healthy diet plan for women? And how many are really eating healthy?
Studies show very few understand the importance of eating a healthy diet. If they really knew how healthy eating contributes to a happy healthy life, many more would be eating healthy.
But instead, statistics make it clear that almost everyone is eating some version of the Standard American Diet, which is S.A.D. for short! Just look around any gas station convenience store to see what people are eating. It's all junk! And our "health" statistics show the unhealthy results.
What is a Healthy Diet? And Who Decides?
Maybe you already know that every bite of food and drink you put into your mouth can make a major difference in your health – one way or another.
But what is a healthy diet? And who makes your eating decisions?
Advertisers, authors and even some doctors and dietitians consistently promote unhealthy eating by telling you, "don't deprive yourself!"
"Deprive" yourself of what exactly?
Should you "deprive" yourself of living a long, happy, healthy, productive life in exchange for some fleeting moment of addictive eating gratification?
Statistics show that very few people are "depriving" themselves of cravings. According to studies, two-thirds of our SAD modern diet consists completely of unhealthy bad fats and non-nutritious refined sugars from high glycemic foods. That's a lot of self-destruction!
Over the past century, eating unhealthy fats and sugars has doubled, while eating healthy carbohydrates is now half of what it used to be. And these statistics have a clear relationship to the increase in heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The Importance of a Healthy Diet Plan for Women
Here are the three major dietary changes that have taken place:
1. More and more fat, sugar and salt started showing up in food.
2. People became more sedentary, requiring less and less calories.
3. And environmental toxins, food processing and additives increased.
The negative side effects of just these few lifestyle examples can help you better understand the importance of eating a healthy diet.
- Caffeine robs your body of B vitamins.
- One cigarette destroys 25 mg. Of vitamin C.,/li>
- Aspirin interferes with use of vitamin C and folic acid.
- Milk with synthetic vitamin D robs your body of magnesium.
- High glycemic foods destroy B vitamins that help reduce stress.
- Alcohol depletes your body of vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid, plus vitamins C and K, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
- Birth control pills interfere with vitamins C, B6, B12 and folic acid.
- Laxatives and mineral oils cause depletion of vitamins A, E and D.
- Many other over-the-counter remedies and prescription medications interfere with absorption and increase the excretion of nutrients.
Now that you know the importance of eating healthy, start making more healthy choices. Eating a healthy diet can help you overcome the many obstacles in the way of living a vibrant, lifestyle.
Whenever possible, pick organic high fiber foods, such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus healthy high protein foods like wild fish and free-ranging low fat poultry and meats. You also need to include the best quality nutritional supplements you can find.
As you start to look and feel better and better with more vibrant energy, eating healthy and staying on your healthy diet plan will become easier and easier and more and more rewarding.
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