It’s not easy to get all the rest we need. With the hustle of work, the bustle of family life, often times many of us move around sleep-deprived and relying on energy drinks and caffeine to give us the jolt we need now to keep us going, and with a harsh crash to follow later, especially when not eating appropriately. Our diets have a huge impact with our overall well-being, including our body chemistry, and if we’re not eating foods that replenish and nourish us, no matter what we drink, then we cause ourselves to keep struggling.
Unprocessed foods are the main food of choice for most on the go. I’ll be the first to admit it because I relied heavily on this kind of food as a single mom trying to maintain a job and home. They’re quick, easy, and save us time and money in the now, but in the long run the nutritional value is completely lacking, causing the deterioration of our health, and the effects are noticeable now if we pay close attention. Eating that cheeseburger for a fast fill today, is going to leave you depleted of energy tomorrow. Have you noticed that about your body yet? Pay attention the next time you eat a salad, because what you eat today, is a precursor for how you‘re going to feel tomorrow.
Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables have been promoted and encouraged for as long as history has been written. People began preserving foods for the sake of getting through harsh winters, but they weren’t meant to be consumed all year round. The nutrients found in fresh foods are replaced with the additives, sodium, and other preservatives that defeat their intended purpose.
Most of us love caffeine so much, we happily admit our addictions to it, but if we’re only consuming energy boosting beverages along with processed foods, we’re setting the health of ourselves to worsen over time.
It’s also been recommended to avoid high fatty meats like beef & pork and to opt for leaner meats like chicken, turkey, and fish because they still provide the protein necessary for our muscles to thrive, but without damaging the important ones in the long run, such as the heart.
Nuts and seeds are loaded with protein and are good for the heart. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are much healthier snacks than potato chips, and while for some the tastes have to be acquired, the benefits in the long run will make your body thank you and less likely to betray you when you most need it to come through for you.
Water….some don’t like the taste, but ask anyone who is extremely thirsty, and you’ll find that the taste doesn’t matter as much as the sensation of their thirst being quenched. Not only is water essential for optimal body functions, it facilitates the energetic processes in the body, enabling the foods we do consume to be filtered more thoroughly. “Water is responsible for transporting all nutrients in the blood that we use for energy, as well as getting rid of waste buildup that leads to fatigue. Without enough water, we can’t metabolize the food we eat into fuel and ultimately cease to function properly. Always drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially before and during workouts.” ~ Fitness
Some habits are bad, but we all develop habits, and developing good ones like eating healthy, regardless of what we drink, can help us salvage our bodies. If we are careful what we consume in all manners, we stand to endure optimal health.
Now I know we can’t all eat healthy all every time, and that’s why vitamins and supplements exist. I incorporate them daily because I don’t always get to eat healthy, plus sometimes I get burn out. Bananas are my favorite breakfast food because all it takes to prepare is the effort it takes to peel it. They’re full of fiber, potassium, vitamins, and healthy carbohydrates that naturally energize me, but I get sick of eating the same thing every day, so sometimes I’ll drink a large glass of chocolate milk to wash down my vitamin supplement rather than eat breakfast.
The point of this article is to make you think realistically. Healthy foods aren’t cheap, and when you’ve got a family to feed, sometimes the only option is to use what’s processed, which is why investing in supplements is worth the consideration.
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