Five Reasons to Make Eating Healthy Your Number One Goal in 2016
The new year presents us with the perfect opportunity to take stock of our habits and the changes we could make to become healthier and happier. If you’re going to make just one goal to stick with once the holidays have passed, here are five reasons that objective should be to eat healthier.
- Healthy eating improves mental health.
What you eat affects your mental health in a big way. Healthy whole foods such as spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, and berries are thought to raise serotonin levels that, in turn, can fight depression and make you feel happier and healthier.
- Healthy eating increases energy.
Anyone who has eaten a low-quality diet and a high-quality diet will tell you that they have much more spring in their step on the high-quality diet. Eating real foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, nuts, and seeds stabilises your blood sugar and keeps your energy level steady throughout the day.
- Healthy eating improves sleep quality.
For many people, improving their diet means cutting down on caffeine, sugar, and alcohol, all of which have a negative impact on your sleep. Quality sleep is essential for rejuvenating your body, which makes it easier to make good food choices and lose weight.
- Healthy eating improves digestion.
Poor digestion definitely has an effect on your quality of life. When you feel bloated or constipated, you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. But when your digestive system runs more smoothly thanks to a healthy diet that includes plenty of fibre and probiotics, your belly shrinks, you stay regular, and you can enjoy life instead of being miserable all the time.
- Healthy eating enhances self-confidence and relationships.
When most of your dietary choices are healthy ones, you feel better inside and out. This can increase your self-confidence. And when you feel better about yourself, you feel better about the world around you. The result of this is a better relationships with yourself – as well as better relationships with others, including your loved ones.
Healthy eating is not just about losing weight. Your diet affects every aspect of your life. So set simple, attainable goals for 2016 and make the commitment to improve your life through healthier eating.