What is Eating Healthy?
Healthy eating is the consumption of the proper nutrients we need to maintain our health. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins and minerals. Here’s how to know if you are really eating healthy!
- Proteins help your body build new cells, repair old cells, create hormones and enzymes, and keep your immune system healthy. If you don’t have enough protein, your body takes longer to recover from illness and you’re more likely to get sick in the first place.
- Carbohydrates give you quick energy — they quickly go into your blood as glucose (blood sugar), which your body uses for fuel first, before turning the leftovers into fat.Fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, grains, cereal products, crackers, dried beans, peas, and lentils are all good sources of carbohydrates. Many of them are also good sources of fiber, which your digestive system needs to stay healthy.Sugar (white and brown), honey, and molasses are also carbohydrates. But these types of carbohydrates are high in calories and don’t offer any other benefits (like vitamins and minerals). Whole grains and fruits and vegetables are healthier sources of carbohydrates than refined grains and sugars.
- Fats provide back-up energy if your blood sugar supplies run out (after 4-6 hours without food). It also will provide insulation under the skin from the cold and the heat. It protects organs and bones from shock and provides support for organs. Fat surrounds and insulates nerve fibers to help transmit nerve impulses. Fat is part of every cell membrane in the body. It helps transport nutrients and metabolites across cell membranes. Your body uses fat to make a variety of other building blocks needed for everything from hormones to immune function.
- Water is necessary for life, which makes it vital for good health. Water makes up about 50% to 66% of your total body weight. It regulates your temperature, moves nutrients through your body, and gets rid of waste. In general, it’s a good idea to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
- Vitamins and Minerals make our bodies work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others. Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth, development and help cells and organs do their jobs.
Personally, I think everyone has their own definition of what “eating healthy” means. My motto is everything in balance and moderation. I am doing well if I can incorporate the above mentioned nutrients in each meal. Although, it’s not always possible to do so. The key is lots of veggies, fruits and plenty of water.
So, what’s “healthy eating” to you? Please share.
Until next time, eat healthy!