Nutrition plays a large role in all functions of our body. Some you may readily see, such as obesity or poor skin. Other problems due to poor diet you may not be able to spot as easily. Brain fog, lack of mental clarity,
dizziness and confusion can all result from not
getting the proper nutrition.
Highly Processed Foods
Highly processed foods are filled with man-made products and chemicals which aren’t meant for a healthy body. Most people know that fast food restaurants rely on these types of processed foods as the main staple for their customers.
Some others you might not be as familiar with but are very bad too are:
Artificial Ingredients – these are foods that include artificial sweeteners such as diet soda, or include unnecessary man-made dyes among other things.
Imitation Foods – these include all foods that have been created to imitate something pure or natural. Imitation foods may be cheaper in some cases but it’s to the detriment of your health. These foods include items such as imitations cheese slices or spreads, margarine, pancake syrup and crab meat. Also, flavorings like lemonade or strawberry which you would think would come from the actual fruits but no. They don’t.
Foods High in Trans Fats
Trans fats are man-made fats included in many products to act as a preservative and extend the shelf life. Some products include: doughnuts, cookies, crackers,
frozen foods, potato chips and snack foods.
Bad fats usually go along with highly processed foods.
There are so many other adulterated ingredients that go into processed foods that we can hardly pronounce the names of them.
This makes them not worthy to pass your lips. In doing so you are jeopardizing your health which in turn will affect your memory and mental clarity.
These may make food taste and look good but they are not meant for our bodies.
They can cause problems we may not even realize until it’s too late to turn it around.
If we consciously choose not to consume these products we will be in better
physical and mental shape.
It can be difficult to avoid processed foods in the fast-paced world we live in.
If you just remember to try to consume whole foods closest to their natural state you will be much better off. Choose to eat a chicken breast rather than chicken nuggets,
or infuse your water with real lemons or other fruits rather than the powders.
Making Small Changes
Many people have made small changes in their eating habits and reaped big rewards.
If you change one unhealthy eating habit per month, by the end of a year you will have changed a significant part of your diet.
Some people decide to completely give up sugar.
That is a great goal and it should be done, but if you're struggling to stick to
something so strict, try giving up one of your favorite snacks. Most people have several snacks they like and indulge in, like cookies and chips, or ice cream and candy bars.
Try giving up one of those the first month.
Maybe you'll give up chips the first month. Then you can give up cookies the next month. Don't deprive yourself, you can still enjoy your snacks once in awhile.
The key is to give them up in your daily or weekly eating habits.
Are you addicted to carbs? Trying giving up a high carb dish the first month,
something like potatoes or a pasta dish. You probably can't give them up
completely at first, but if you're prone to have a carb with every meal,
start giving them up in at least one meal per day. Small changes like this
may not seem all that significant, but they do add up over time and it helps
you stick with them when they are small, as opposed to trying to
change your whole diet at once.
It takes time and practice to put the right foods into your body but your
body and mind will thank you.