Benefits of Adopting a More Nutritious Diet

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Benefits of Adopting a More Nutritious Diet. People ask why I put so much energy into my diet. But most people think of nutrition as “dieting” and spending excessive amounts of time weighing portions and counting calories. For me, a healthy diet means being honest with yourself about what you eat and making healthier choices all the time. It’s not about big changes overnight but small changes over time that create healthy habits. I’m constantly challenging myself to make nutritious choices that add to the healthy habits that are important to me.

I made the switch from “diets” to a healthy lifestyle long ago. I do this because I feel the benefits of making healthy choices every day are worth the effort. In this article, I’ll touch on some of the greatest benefits of adopting a more nutritious diet including some factors specifically important to women’s health.

A Healthy Body

When you adopt a more nutritious diet, you might notice immediate changes in your body. At first, it might be difficult to cut out unhealthy foods like added sugars and refined carbs. Cutting out these addictive treats can cause cravings, fatigue, irritability and headaches, but the uncomfortable symptoms will fade quickly, and the physical benefits will feel great.

Switching those unhealthy treats with nutritious rich fruits and vegetables can give you a natural energy boost without the unwanted weight gain as well as provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients. You can’t get that in a cupcake!

Sure, balancing a healthy diet with a little indulgence now and then is beneficial. Cheat days give you the flexibility to treat yourself without feeling guilty.

A Happy Mind

How can a nutritious diet make you a happier person? It is known that an unhealthy diet high in processed meats, sweets, dried foods, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products is linked to increased risks of experiencing depression. Specifically, sugar can have a major impact on your mood.

Americans tend to consume dangerously high amounts of added sugars in their diet. The average american consumes 82 grams of sugar every day, even though the recommended amount is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.

We’re now seeing the effects sugar can have not only on our bodies but on our minds. Sugar acts much like a drug on our minds as the more you consume it, the more you need it to receive the same level of satisfaction consistently. It becomes harder and harder for us to experience the sugar high, causing symptoms like depression, fatigue, and brain fog. When you do manage to reach the sugar high, the crash later on can cause a moody attitude and feelings of anxiety. No fun!

To avoid the awful side effects sugar has on your brain, look out other sneaky names for sugar on product labels like fructose, dextrose, and corn syrup.

Specific Benefits for Women

Some benefits of adopting a more nutritious diet are exclusive to women. That’s because there are some health issues specific to women. Luckily, a healthy diet can help you avoid or manage these conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian and cervical cancer
  • Gynecological health
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Depression and anxiety

Women can manage or even prevent these conditions and symptoms of a condition with a healthy diet and avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive drinking.

Obviously, men can suffer from a number of these conditions as well. However, depression and anxiety symptoms occur in women more frequently; urinary tract conditions are more common; and women suffer death by heart attack more often than men. Additionally, drug trials include fewer female test subjects than they do men.

A healthy body, a happy mind, and fighting common health risks are the main benefits of adopting a more nutritious diet, and why I choose to make healthy choices whenever I can. What are some ways you can swap a bad habit for a nutritious choice in your life?

 

Guest Blog by Brooke Faulkner

Dirty and Thirty
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