Body - Part Two
‘’In the period between 1983 and 2009, stress levels rose by 18% for women & 24% for men in the United States. Non-coincidently, the US obesity levels, have more than tripled from 1990 – 2015. Australia continues to follow in the same manner of tendencies’’.
Have you ever been fortunate enough to experience the hospitality in country life before?
Life always seems to move a little slower in the country and, the locals tend to be a lot more laid back when compared to their counterparts in the city.
Then there’s the home-style country cooking with fresh produce brought home straight from the farm.
Just like our friends in the country, grandma and grandpa also got their food fresh and unprocessed. And, not surprisingly, their health was the main benefactor. And, I’m not just talking about physical health but mental as well.
Take a Trip to Your Local Farmers Market
'Local is the New Organic'
In contrast, the food we buy from suburban supermarkets isn’t as fresh as we’d like to believe either. More, often than not, it’s highly processed and sealed in highly wasteful plastic packaging.
However, and fortunately, there is no shortage of convenient, and healthier, alternatives right on your door-step at the local farmers markets.
These outdoor, stall types set-ups, bring all the healthy benefits from the country into city life. Additionally, the stall owners often represent a closer link to the actual farmers that grow the produce and provide greater support for small Australian businesses while strengthening your community.
The Result of Unhealthy Eating
Shifting the spotlight back onto our current eating habits that are prominent in suburbia, let’s picture the link between our mouths and stomachs. This connection represents a critical early stage within an unhealthy cycle.
Imagine your stomach as a fuel tank on a car; we must fill it with fuel (food) to provide the energy for the car (your body) to run. If we use a poor fuel source to fill the tank, the engine runs poor and, eventually the car will end up at your mechanics.
The cars computer (your brain) isn’t exempt from the effects of poor fuel choice either and will cease to run optimally without a return to its best possible fuel source.
The result of poor food choices will eventually lead us to unhealthy symptoms brain fog, poor mood and irritability etc.
However, on a more serious end of the spectrum, the brain ultimately becomes susceptible to issues like poor sleep, anxiety and depression if inadequate eating habits are prolonged. By this stage, we’re more than likely well on our way to serious weight gain and various other health related issues.
A Simple Guideline for Healthy Eating
To avoid this, simply realign your eating habits with those of your grandparents. We can easily reverse this unhealthy cycle by following these simple guidelines.
Always eat fresh, unpackaged produce. Fresh fruit and vegetables that haven’t been genetically modified or grown under chemical treatment should form the cornerstone of your eating habits.
People who consume more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy eating habit are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Aim to eat organic meats, fish and poultry. Organic produce contains fewer pesticides such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. Chemicals and residues that are widely used in conventional agriculture remain on (and in) the food we eat.
Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is generally produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal by-products. These animals are also given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy
Limit processed foods that contain more than 3 ingredients. Processed foods such as cookies, potato chips and breakfast cereals contain high amounts of sodium, preservatives and refined sugars. This leads to a simple equation of poor gut health, weight gain and numerous other health issues.
Highly processed foods also become deficient of essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium which our bodies require to function optimally. Because of this, processed foods have become a poor substitute for wholefoods that are surprisingly convenient prepare.
Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Drinking adequate levels of water each day not only enables you to stay hydrated but, it can also be a key ingredient to assist your weight loss goals as it combats your feelings of hunger and suppresses your appetite.
Proper hydration also aids in transporting healthy nutrients around the body to keep your energized and cognisant throughout the day.
Focus on your serving sizes. Controlling your serving sizes creates a sustainable eating habit that removes the need to count calories. This means you only eat what you have to without having to track calories and takes the guess work out of meal time.
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