It’s no surprise that there is a growing trend towards eating healthier. Despite the number of McDonalds outlets opening by the second and the increase in heavily processed foods on supermarket shelves, a huge chunk of the population now gravitates towards more nutritious choices.
As cheesy as it sounds, one of the best things about starting a blog is being able to communicate with a large number of people with a similar interest. No matter how different our backgrounds, age, nationalities, and definitions of a “healthy diet” may be, we are unified by the desire to eat healthier and lead a more balanced life. Although our reasons for why we value a healthy diet may not be same, here are my main motivations…in no particular order:
1) My weight: Some people are blessed with a metabolism that allows him/her to eat almost anything without gaining weight. I am not one of those people. I saw this quote a while back which perfectly sums up my point: Intensity almost always beats duration when it comes to exercise – but not diet. Whether you want to lose or maintain your weight, it’s not a case of finding a quick-fix solution….but instead a style of eating which you will be able to maintain 15 years down the line.
2) My workouts: Getting a great workout goes beyond the number of miles I log on the treadmill or reps I bang out in the gym. From past experience I know that the food pre- & post-workouts make a world of difference to the quality of my workouts & overall fitness levels. Whoever said that healthy eating and exercise go hand-in-hand together was on to something ;)!
3) My energy levels: As much as I love all-things dessert, I don’t like the sugar level crashes which follow shortly after. Although various studies will tout foods like salmon, almonds, blueberries & spinach as “energy-boosting” foods, personally eating any nutritious, minimally-processed & wholesome food keeps my energy levels in tact.
4) My skin: As individual as skin is, I know what works for me. Whether or not I splash out on expensive products, my complexion relies primarily on what I eat. A combination of plenty of veggies, healthy fats & water seems to do the trick. And I guess I can also thank my genetics to some extent!
5) Taste: I know several people associate healthy food with tasting bland and boring. It’s about experimenting and seeking out foods which suit YOUR taste buds. And although this wasn’t always the case, I look forward to eating a salad as much as I would a bowl of ice cream…and the former has nothing to do with the number of nutrients it may be providing me with.
6) My health: Simply put, prevention is better than cure. I am still young & my immunity is high. Rather than wait for some kind of illness to be a rude awakening for me to change my eating habits, I’d rather nurture my health while it’s still in tact.
7) Because I can: There are so few aspects of life that we can truly control. We live in a generation where healthier options are as accessible, affordable & quick as eating crap. Whether I want to eat a healthy diet or not, it’s entirely in my hands.
What are your reasons for eating healthier?