We are all guilty of eating unhealthy sometimes… or maybe all the time for some of us. I understand how hard it is. We all have bad days at work where we just go home and order pizza or stop at the supermarket to buy dinner and just can’t resist the beautiful bakery cookies or muffins on display. Let’s be honest here, today’s society has made it EXTREMELY easy to eat unhealthy and have poor nutrition.
The transition from the “all American” diet, to a healthier one, is always tough at first. The biggest reason people don’t give it a try is because they don’t know the benefits of a healthy diet. Most assume its just “too much work”, “too expensive” or ” flavorless” and never consider how much greatness it can bring and how delicious the food can be!
I’ll be honest, when I first started transitioning to eating healthy, I had the same concerns. Things like frozen pizzas, shepards pie, and mac and cheese, are all so cheap, SO delicious and very easy to make. I’m here to explain that there are healthy ways to make all of your favorite foods! Cost wise, it may be a little more expensive at times, but not by much to get quality food. Sometimes its even cheaper to eat healthy! I’m going to break down all the AMAZING benefits of a healthy diet and how incredible you can feel from it.
The importance of a nutritious diet for mind clarity
Getting proper nutrition and sleep is VITAL to thinking clearly. Everything in your body links together. Your body is like one sophisticated machine made up of a bunch of little systems that bring power to it. All the “systems” need to communicate with each other correctly in order to power the “machine” at its optimal ability. Food equals fuel. If you feed yourself sub-par food, it equals…well… sub-par results right?
I love doing research on scientific studies. In multiple studies I’ve read, it was proven that a healthy diet filled with vitamin and nutrient rich foods promotes a more restful and deeper sleep. A better nights sleep results in a naturally sharper and awake mind! Having brain fog is definitely very common. The main cause of that is poor quality sleep. When you toss and turn all night, you don’t get the amount of REM sleep you need to function at your best. The most common cause for restless sleep is poor diet and eating too late. The healthier diet you have, the better quality sleep you will get every night. This will then promote greater mind clarity every day! Our body is connected in so many ways that we don’t realize.
Nutritious food equals quality fuel for the body, produces a sharper mind, and boosts and maintains sustainable energy throughout the day. Give a good effort and cut out the fried greasy shit that you usually order for lunch. Make time to prep yourself a big salad full of fresh veggies, seeds, grilled protein of choice etc… Try it out for yourself and pay attention to how fantastic you will feel from it.
The benefits of a healthy diet for your body and mood
Have you ever heard the saying “heal your body from the inside out?” This is one of my favorite sayings because it is SO true. Whatever is happening to the outside of your body is usually a result of what is going on inside.
For example, if you’re getting sudden acne, that could be caused by hormonal changes, stress or greasy and unhealthy foods! Sometimes even eczema and other skin rashes can be prone to flaring up because of an unhealthy diet. The more nutritious food you put in your body, the more efficient it will run all around. Your organs will sync up and run cleaner. Also, your skin will have so many beneficial vitamins to absorb which will promote healthier, more radiant skin. The same goes for food and your mood.
The benefits of a healthy diet and your mood are significant. I have personally noticed my mood is more positive in all situations when I’m eating healthier meals. Say you eat something super filling and greasy. Most of the time, all you want to do is go lay on a couch and veg out after eating that stuff. Which will naturally cause a more irritable, or sluggish mood. On the other hand, if you eat a healthy nutrient packed meal full of veggies and don’t over stuff yourself, you will then be full of energy and feel good. This will promote a more positive mood toward anything.
Cost and effort
A big factor for people to veer from switching to a healthy diet is the cost of the healthy foods. Along with the amount of effort and time it may take to prep and prepare meals, people tend to stay away.
I will be upfront and honest about the effort it takes. You have to be dedicated to living a healthier life and providing a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family. It does take some extra time to prepare meals. I know what everyone is thinking… “I just don’t have any extra time“… There is always time to be made when you’re dedicated to something; especially, if it means creating a healthier life for you and your loved ones. Plus you will feel AMAZING and more energized from it every day!
Cost comparison of an unhealthy grocery list to a healthier one (All research based off of Walmart groceries)
Unhealthy 3 day dinner list:
- Frozen pizza & French fries ~ $10
- Pasta dinner: Pasta, frozen meatballs, pasta sauce ~ $15
- Basic taco dinner: Taco shells, shredded cheese, 1lb ground beef, taco seasoning packet, rice, lettuce, tomato ~ $20
Total price: around $45 depending on the brand.
Healthier option 3 day dinner list:
- Margarita pizza: 2 pack of frozen cauliflower pizza crust, organic tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, sweet potato to make fries with ~ $14
- Lentil pasta dinner: Lentil pasta, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 bulb of fresh garlic, fresh basil leaves ~ $11
- Zucchini boat tacos: 3 zucchinis, 1lb ground turkey, shredded mozzarella, canned corn, black beans, 1 bell pepper ~ $16
Total price: about $41 depending on brand.
There are so many food options out there. My goal was to explain that there are healthy ways to make just about all your favorite foods and for the same price! Sometimes its even cheaper! All that’s required is a little extra prep work and effort. Cooking fresh whole foods gives you the freedom to experiment and create fantastic recipes that you can season any way you like best. This way, you are getting way more vitamins and nutrients from your food which gives you more energy as well! Lastly, you won’t have to feel guilty about eating delicious foods because its all good for you!
One huge concern for people to make healthier meals is they think the food will be bland and boring. Well I am telling you that is false! If you have basic seasonings in your cabinet, its possible to spice anything up and make it taste delicious!
I personally love learning new things. Finding new healthy recipes online has taught me so many ways to cook and with so many new vegetables and foods I’ve never used before. You have to have an open mind to trying new things, I promise most of the recipes you find are absolutely delightful! This lifestyle gives you the ultimate chance to widen your horizons with new foods and expand your pallet!
I am a firm believer in the Paleo diet. That was the first diet change I made when I lost 15lbs. There is an abundance of amazing recipes online that taste FANTASTIC. Anything from chicken dishes and winter soups, to mouth watering desserts that you just won’t believe are healthy to eat! I have the most intense sweet tooth. So if you think you have to give up sweets to stay healthy, you’re wrong! Cutting down on the sweets is definitely a must, but I promise you don’t have to give it up.
One example of a super easy and delicious dessert recipe:
~Avocado chocolate pudding~ I know it sounds crazy, but be open-minded! It doesn’t taste like avocado at all!
- 1 avocado,
- 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened Cocoa powder
- a dash of sea salt
- 1tsp vanilla extract.
- Blend in food processor, or blender, until smooth. Chill in fridge for about 30 minutes then enjoy! Super simple, and SOOO freakin’ yummy!
Why diet and excercise make the perfect couple
I’ve said quite a bit of how changing to a healthier diet can benefit your life. Now what happens when you add working out along with that? Diet is a good 80% of why people have health issues. The other 20% is getting active and exercising.
Along with a healthy diet, exercise has proven to strengthen the heart and improve circulation in the body. The increased blood flow gets the oxygen levels up which lower the risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Exercising also causes the release of certain chemicals that improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. Staying active later in life can slow down the loss of bone density, essentially keeping you feeling younger and stronger!
One of the biggest reasons why I love exercising, it promotes better sleep! It helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer. Sexual issues can become a problem as we get older along with anything else. Studies have shown that exercise can improve and reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction in men. As for women, regular exercise can promote more frequent sexual arousal. Pairing exercise with a healthier diet is the key to living a happier life and potentially a longer one!
Lifestyle change for the better
When and if you decide to change to a healthier diet. The biggest piece of advice I can give is don’t call it a “diet”. Treat it as nothing but a “lifestyle change”. Diets always end, but lifestyle changes stay forever! Baby steps are key to anything new.
Eat healthier meals a few times a week, then slowly progress to all the time. Once you are ready, add some exercise along with it. The goal is to change your lifestyle into a healthier one all around, and make it stick! That is the most important part. Don’t just jump into this all at once. Do your research and take your time to find healthy habits that stay with you forever.
I am living proof that changing my lifestyle to a healthier one has made me 100% happier. I have lost almost 20 pounds over the course of a year, but I took my time and have been gaining muscle as well. I’ve never felt better in my whole life and that’s why I’m here. Encouraging others to push themselves to live their best lives just like me! Everyone deserve to feel amazing every day. With a little dedication and hard work, anyone can accomplish living a healthy and happy life.
Peace and Love
~ Jade Kaye
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