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Healthy Diet

Updated on May 11, 2020
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As a teenager, there are many experiences I have yet to face. But being a teenager has also allowed me enough experience to write about it.

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What is a Healthy Diet?

A healthy diet helps maintain and improve the health of an individual. Keeping a balanced meal with the appropriate amount of nutrients is part of having a healthy diet. Such as following the recommended amounts of what should be eaten. Having a healthy diet means that your body is receiving the required nutrients it needs to flourish.


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Staying Healthy

There are many things that can tempt us to break from our healthy habits that we have built. From soda, fast food, sweets, etc.... the bottom line is, those should be consumed moderately from time to time not from day to day. A 12 fluid ounce soda has 150 calories which has 61 more calories than a medium sized apple. While a single patty burger can entail 254 calories. 3 times more than an apple. We may not notice just how much calories there are in each food that we consume. But it is very important to be mindful of what you eat. What you eat can greatly affect your health. Though you may not take notice of it at first. The long term of it will surely make you realize its dire consequence.

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Unhealthy Diet

What makes a diet, unhealthy? An unhealthy diet includes overeating of food high in fat and grease content, dairy products, food that are highly enhanced (MSG as an example), sweets, etc...... An unhealthy diet is impacted by the poor choices towards food choices as well as lifestyle. Keep in mind that by continuing these habits can lead to problems such as obesity, tooth decay, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and many more. Those are some of the listed long terms dealing with unhealthy habits. The short term effects contribute to stress and tiredness. The poor nutrition does not supply the body what it requires to function healthily. Consider how healthy your diet has been and decide whether it is time to make a change.

Tips

How do you improve your diet as well as your habit for a better lifestyle? It takes small steps that leads to a bigger ending. Just take it slow and those slow changes will be reinforced into your life making a better change. I know how hard it is not to be tempted by the fatty and sweet foods available to us wherever we turn. A way to combat this is to substitute those unhealthy foods to more healthier alternatives. Instead of buying already made foods at the grocery store or takeouts, treat yourself to homemade foods that are guaranteed to be much healthier. Why buy potato chips when you can make it in the comfort of your very own home. The benefit of making food yourself is that you are in control of what is put in the food. No more of those chemicals to enhanced the flavors that you cannot even pronounced in the nutrition label of the package. If you cannot read it, don't eat it. Besides eating healthy, spare some time to do some exercise. Exercising has scientifically showcases that it lowers the risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and many other health issues.

Stay Healthy

Stay healthy to do your body and life a favor. I don't mean to sound overbearing. I am only looking out for the well-being. I do agree that it is hard to completely give up the guilty pleasures of things such as chocolates, burgers, fries, and many more that are easily available. Let yourself have a cheat day once in a while but do be mindful as to not overeat as overeating leads to the unwillingness to maintain your goal of staying healthy. To any who are looking to diet to lose weight, please do so in a healthy manner and not risk your health for pounds you can lose in a much healthier alternative. I, myself, have been a victim of having that judgement in the past. But with the research I have done to find a healthy diet that improves my health and helps me achieve my goal, there are so many diets out there. I have seen many who have put their self through eating meagerly with the consciousness that it was healthy, your body is growing, let it eat more, but be mindful of what is eaten. I hope that this article finds you in a good condition and a good note. Have a healthy dieting.

© 2020 Ericka Erlano

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    • Ericka Erlano profile imageAUTHOR

      Ericka Erlano 

      2 weeks ago from El Cajon

      I am glad to hear that! Thank you for your kind comment!

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      2 weeks ago

      An excellent and informative article Ericka. I find that now I am working from home my interest in cooking has increased. I grow a lot of my own vegetables and am finding interesting ways to cook them. Thank you for sharing this great advice.

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