Have you ever heard the phrase – “you are what you eat?” Well, there’s a solid reasoning behind that saying that helps people make better decisions when it comes to food and eating healthier. In today’s world, it’s easy to get busy with our everyday lives and find less time to cook healthy meals or make better decisions about what to eat. Therefore, we see an uptick in eating greasy fast foods, microwaving up prepared/processed foods or just flat out indulging in food that isn’t necessarily good for our bodies.
Another reason why you may be seeing a little extra weight on the scale lately is because you might have been cooped up in the house for a few months while self-quarantining during the global pandemic. And while you were self-isolating, everything in your kitchen pantry looked simply irresistible and extremely delicious. Now that social distancing guidelines are loosening up, however, it’s time to get back out of those comfy pants and concentrate on being a little more food-conscious when it comes to what you eat.
As you know, there are hundreds of different diets that you can try and thousands more blogs and video tutorials out there on dieting, eating healthy and so on. So, how do you know what’s best to eat? Much of it stems from your own personal dietary needs. Every person’s metabolism is different, and you might digest your food more slowly or more quickly than the person sitting next to you. But for the purpose of this blog, we’ll break down some of the more basic concepts about eating healthy so that you can make an informed decision for yourself.
For much of the country, summer is already here with warmer temperatures heating things up outside, and making time for swimming in the pool or boating on the lake and river is more tempting than usual. But what about that new bathing suit you bought off the internet during your downtime in quarantine? Maybe you were a little ambitious and bought a size or two down from your current situation and need to lose a few pounds?
Here are a couple different foods, according to Healthline, that could help you lose some extra unwanted pounds to get you out of those comfy sweatpants:
Although this is just a small sample of foods that are healthier options to fill your tummies with, be sure to research all your options that could play a role in making you an overall healthier person. As far as what not to eat… let’s get to that next.
Obesity is a great challenge for this country as studies have shown that greater than one-third of the adult population in the United States is obese, and it all stems from the food that you eat and the lifestyle that you live.
According to CEUfast’s Obesity Course:
"Our culture is inundated around food; most social events revolve around food; high calorie foods can be found in most workplaces and a fast food restaurant is on almost every corner. While fast food in itself is not the main determinant of obesity, our choices contribute to obesity. A meal consisting of a hamburger, small fries and a diet soda is about 500 calories. Unfortunately, a more characteristic meal includes a double cheeseburger, large fries and a large soda, which equals 1450 calories."
And obesity doesn’t just affect us as adults, as children can be obese as well, especially with sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits that can be created early on from parents and the society around them. It’s important to start healthy eating habits from a young age to ensure better eating choices as an adult.
So, what exactly causes obesity? When your energy intake is greater than energy output, the body stores the extra energy as fat. “Energy intake” meaning, the amount of energy you put in your body in the form of food and drinks. Research has shown that one pound of energy is equal to 3,500 calories. So, in order to gain one pound of fat, an excess of 3,500 calories needs to be created.
While having long shifts at the hospital might be ideal for your work schedule, sometimes it can be tough to maintain a healthy eating, diet and exercise routine. If you’re looking to lose weight, here are a few suggestions:
Eating a balanced diet of healthy foods not only helps you feel more confident as you shed those comfy pajama pants for a bathing suit, it can potentially save your life. Obesity is linked to having complicated health problems such as common diseases, chronic diseases and can reduce the overall quality of your life. So, the next time you are stuck in the house under quarantine demands, try stocking your fridge with healthier alternatives so that you can feel better about your eating habits.