Here I am, standing at the party table with the chips and dip in front of me, and the fresh fruit to my right. So what do I put on my plate and why?
Is this a question that finds you feeling conflicted?
Though we know healthy food is good for our body, we often pick junk food if given a choice. Why do we do this? Why do we prefer to have the chips and dip instead of fruit salad? Why do we want to satisfy our taste buds and hunger pangs at the cost of our entire body?
Because we think junk food tastes better and is more satisfying.
One thing that many people don't realize is that eating healthy doesn’t mean eating bland and boring food. Rather, when you learn to enjoy natural unprocessed foods and start exploring all of the varieties of natural healthy foods, you discover that you enjoy the natural flavors of real food better than overly processed aggressive tastes so common with excessively salty and sweet junk foods.
Like everything new, it takes time to adjust to healthy eating. Our taste buds will adjust to the new fresh flavors of natural foods and reject the salty and sweet foods as overwhelming.
So why should we want to give up our taste for junk food?
There are many reasons why you should eat healthier foods. Some of the most important reasons are that you can concentrate better throughout the day, and you’re less hungry. Healthy foods help with concentration for school and work. Eating healthy also helps with energy levels and positive thinking.
The most important result of eating healthy food is that it truly promotes being healthy. Eating organic healthy food lowers cholesterol, provides better nutrition, regulates weight and increases immunity.
If you are among those who regularly eat junk food, then be prepared to have health problems, such as digestive problems, i.e., irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as allergies.
Junk foods not only lack nutrients, but they often contain ingredients that can damage your health. An example is trans fats, which are often used in many fast food restaurants and in many prepackaged foods, such as cookies, margarine, cakes and crackers. These man-made fats raise bad cholesterol while simultaneously lowering good cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association, eating trans fats can increase your chances of developing heart disease and stroke. Because healthy foods are often left in their whole unprocessed form, they very rarely contain any of the processed ingredients that have damaging health effects.
By making a few changes in your choices, you can make big changes in your health and energy levels.
Now, if I choose the fruit instead of the chips and dip, my body will utilize the healthy nutrients, and my blood sugar level will not plummet, and I can enjoy the party all night long!