Why Eat Healthy?
There are a lot of risks attributed to eating unhealthy. When you maintain an unhealthy diet, you
are at risk of:
– High blood pressure,
– Heart disease,
– High cholesterol,
– Nutritional deficiencies,
– Lack of energy,
Eating healthy on the other hand promotes:
– Proper bodily functions (like the cleaning of toxins from your body);
– Prevention of fatal diseases,
– Increased energy,
– Happier moods,
– Relief from stress,
– Clearer skin.
Healthy Alternatives for Cheat Meals
Maintaining a healthy diet takes time and discipline. Food is supposed to grow and nourish your
body and you do this by switching from a bad diet to a healthier alternative. Being on a diet
should not mean you only eat salads or starve yourself. You can be on a healthy diet that you
enjoy and that keeps you full. Here are some healthy alternatives for your favorite foods:
Pizza is usually made using; refined carbohydrates (the refined flour used to make the pizza
crust) which increases your risk of abdominal fat, cheese, and meats that are high in saturate fats
which puts you at a risk for high cholesterol, and a lot of salt which increases your sodium levels
and puts you at risk of high blood pressure. Also, the large amounts of pizza usually consumed
as customary unhealthy eating makes matters worse.
Healthier Alternative: Quinoa Polenta Pizza. They are bite sized so you won’t consume as much
as you would a regular pizza. It contains quinoa polenta which is the healthier alternative to the
refined flour and is gluten free as well as very high in protein and amino acids. Instead of extra
cheese and meats, quinoa polenta pizza is topped off with a slice of tomato which contains a lot
of nutrients and vitamins, shredded mozzarella and fresh basil which contains disease-fighting
antioxidants and antibacterial properties.
French fries are sliced potatoes that are usually deep fried and coated in salt. The amount of salt
in the fries increases your sodium intake which can lead to high blood pressure. Also, the fries
are usually deep fried in unhealthy artificial oils that contain trans fats that increase your risk of
Healthier Alternative: Eggplant fries. With eggplant fries, you substitute potatoes for eggplants
which are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper. Once sliced, the eggplants are
coated n a flour mixture containing almond flour which is a heart healthy product, and instead of
being deep fried, the fries are baked.
Ice Cream contains a lot of sugar which if taken too regularly can lead to diabetes and it
is full of cholesterol because of the high amount of milk and dairy products used to make it.
Healthier alternative: Greek Yoghurt. Greek yogurt is a good source of protein and
calcium and is full of probiotics which help to boost your immune system. Greek Yoghurt can
also be topped with other healthy options like nuts, raisins, and fruits.
You don’t have to give up chocolate! Milk chocolate is high in saturated fat and sugar,
the healthier alternative is dark chocolate which provides phytochemicals that improve your
health by acting as antioxidants.
So, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to maintain a healthy diet. You just
have to change a few things here and there.