A healthy eating habit will do wonders for your life. Obviously, your body is better able to resist disease if it's receiving healthy fuel, but exercise and healthy eating will even help you – or anyone – to deal with stress. Stress, after all, isn't what happens to us. It's how we REACT to what happens and a strong body and mind fortify our strength in dealing with all the 'junk' that comes out way.
In modern life many of us get too busy and make poor food choices that will actually increase stress and cause other problems. To get the most of your healthy eating and avoid stress and illness, follow these simple tips.
Healthy Eating & Breakfast
Even though you may think you aren't hungry, you need to eat something. Skipping breakfast makes it harder to maintain the proper blood and sugar levels during the day. Of course, a Starbucks' latte and a doughnut aren't going to make your day a better one. Too bad, but there it is.
Have A Decent Snack Handy When The Munchies Strike
Keeping some protein rich snacks in your car, office, or pocket book will help you avoid blood sugar level dips, the accompanying mood swings, and fatigue. Trail mix, granola bars, and energy bars are convenient and portable and usually better than a candy bar out of a vending machine. Be aware, though, that some of these treats are so loaded with sugar and chemicals that they're definitely a drain on your body. In other words: read labels!
Healthy Eating & Fast Food Are A Bummer
If you like to munch when you're feeling crappy, it's wise to replace chips or sugary garbage with carrot sticks, celery sticks, or even sunflower seeds. A package of nuts is energy-producing – choose raw ones, though.
Pack A Lunch As Often As Possible
Although a lot of people prefer to eat fast food for lunch, you can save a lot of money and actually eat healthier if you take a few minutes and pack a lunch at home. Even if you only do this a few times a week, you'll be rewarded with better health.
Stock Your Home With Healthy Food
As important as it is to get the bad food out of your house, it's even more important to get the good food in! The best way to do this is to plan a menu of healthy meals and snacks at the beginning of the week, list the ingredients you need, and then shop. This way, you'll know what you want when you need it, and you won't have to stress over what to eat. Of course, we all need some spontaneity but if the junk food isn't in the house, we won't eat it. "Healthy fast food eating" is really hard to come by as you already know.
Healthy eating and nutritious meals/snacks are a marriage for life. There's no point in pretending that the newest, latest-and-greatest 'no calories, no fat, super healthy' packaged garbage, the kind with unpronounceable chemicals in every bite, is healthy. It isn't and we all know it, much as we wish things were different.