A healthy diet is significant within any self-care plan. Nutrition has been associated with emotional, physical, and cognitive health. Consuming healthy food gives a person’s brain vitamins and minerals required to stay well. Thus, this paper aims to explore how healthy food can improve the quality of life.
Having a healthy eating plan with an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, grains, and low-fat dairy products with little protein helps maintain the weight within healthy BMI. Hence, having a low level of saturation and cholesterol, sugar, and sodium results in proper weight maintenance (Corbin & Le Masurier, 2014). Moreover, observing daily food recommendations, which involves calorie intake and having a moderate amount of food, assists in maintaining a healthy weight.
Consuming healthy food brings a positive impact on an individual. According to Garnett (2014), a healthy lifestyle composed of regular healthy breakfast and maintaining the balance of protein consumption coupled with adequate carbohydrate, eating sufficient foliate, and omega-3, reducing alcohol consumption has been associated with improved moods and has mostly assisted in reducing depression.
Eating the correct amount of balanced food can boost a person’s energy level, making them ready for the day. Willett (2005) states that the correct amount of mineral iron, which has oxygen in it, contributes to the sufficient energy level. Healthy and leafy greens such as spinach, which are rich in irons, help boost energy. Garnett (2013) recommends that people should not eat fattening fried foods, which gives energy but greens the body depleted soon after being consumed. Healthy food such as nuts, snacks, and yogurt, among other low-fat food contents, is more suitable for increasing energy. Moreover, taking enough water and the correct amount of caffeine and sugar helps the person be productive and energetic throughout the day (Garnett, 2013).
Healthy eating habits do not only influence a person’s life alone; it can inspire those who look up to that person. Healthy eating, coupled with weight loss, is considered contagious, as stated by Corbin and Le Masurier (2014). While having a balanced diet and maintaining personal weight, one can have confidence given that they have not just work to take care of themselves but simultaneously improve the lives of other people around. Positive relationships with friends and family can significantly improve one’s mental health, thus improving life quality.
A healthy diet has proved to be a vital aspect of a balanced life. Healthy eating translates to getting the correct amount of every essential nutrient, selecting a variety of food groups while avoiding excessive fats, too much sugar, and avoiding alcohol. Therefore, healthy food can improve one’s physical and mental health and
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