Healthy Eating Habits: Young Adults
By Karah Riley
Being healthy means absolutely everything to me, as a young adult. Everything that you put in your body has an effect on you. If you don’t begin eating healthy at a young age, you will have many consequences later on in life. Experts agree that you need to have a balanced diet and eat a variety of foods, but in moderation.
To create a healthy diet, you need to start by eating tons and tons of vegetables. You need 40 different nutrients for good health. Your daily food selection should include bread, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, and other protein-rich foods. Most Americans don’t eat enough of these foods.
Maintaining a healthy weight depends on many factors, but the eating habits you create are the main factor. Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and other illnesses.
Body image and feelings are my main motivations. If you don’t feel healthy and energized, you probably aren’t eating the right types of food. Also, if you aren’t satisfied with your body image, you should make some changes to your diet. Never skip meals or starve yourself. That just results in short term weight loss and feelings of being tired and drained.
Another problem Americans face is eating processed foods. Chips and packaged foods are very unhealthy for you. If you’re not eating fresh food, then you most likely aren’t eating healthy foods. Soda is another horrible choice. It is full of sugar and artificial flavorings that are anything but healthy for you.
Changing your eating habits can be very difficult. That is why it has to be a gradual process. Try to eliminate your intake of unhealthy foods to just a few times a week. Then gradually try to eliminate these foods completely. If you believe in yourself, you can get rid of all of your bad eating habits. Once you do, you will feel like a completely new person. Once you create healthy eating habits for yourself, you will never want to eat those chips, candy and sodas ever again.