There are a lot of things people can do to improve their general state of wellness.
Perhaps the most important of these is healthy eating.
If you have ever paid attention to experts when they talk about getting healthy, you will notice that there are two things that always seem to come up: diet and exercise.
There is no question that what you choose to eat plays a major role in healthy you are.
All kinds of analogies are used when talking about the human body, but one of the most fitting for our purposes has to be comparing the body to cars.
There are cars that are fairly new, but their owners don’t take care of them, so they start running poorly long before they should.
Then there are the cars that are decades old and still run like new. This is rarely due to luck. Instead it’s all about how the owner takes care of their car.
We can continue this analogy a bit further.
The kind of fuel you put into your car makes all the difference.
Sure, an economy model may be able to run on any brand of gasoline, but a fine-tuned sports car requires premium. All cars require regular maintenance as well.
However, this analogy can only go so far, and there is one huge difference between the two.
You can always trade in a car for a newer model, but you only get one body. Yet, too many people take much better care of their cars than themselves.
Healthy eating is like putting the right kind of fuel in a car, but a car that you can never trade in.
Now, there are a lot of diets out there that promise to do this or that.
Some claim that they can get you to lose weight the easy way, others are meant to prevent cancer, lower your cholesterol, or reduce the risk of various ailments. The truth is that some of them really do work for some people.
But there are so many bad diets out there that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth trying.
You can actually try most diets, but there’s a catch.
You need to know what counts as healthy eating first, then only use those parts of the diet that will be good for you.
Choices are what it’s all about.
Let’s face it, most of us already have a pretty good idea about which foods we should eat and which ones we should avoid.
For example, if you have a choice between eating a large chocolate doughnut and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast; you would most likely agree that the oatmeal was healthier.
That doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat a doughnut, not at all.
But if you do, you should think of it as an occasional snack, and not a nutritious breakfast.
And that’s only one example. Just being aware of the choices you make is an excellent start to eating right.
Also published on Medium.