The benefits of following a healthy diet affect many different aspects of a person’s lifestyle, including physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Eating a healthy variety of foods benefits physical well-being in several ways, including lowering blood pressure, decreasing risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer and by controlling cholesterol. A healthy diet also yields cosmetic benefits such as improved skin and hair condition.
Following a healthy eating plan also helps people manage their weight. Choosing healthy foods can help those who are over- or underweight reach a healthy size and is also an effective way to manage a healthy weight.
A varied nutritious diet yields emotional and mental benefits as well. Those who follow a healthy diet generally experience more mental clarity and alertness and a lowered risk of depression and stress.
Raising Healthy Kids
Parents who eat healthy foods set a good example for their children. Children who are raised on a healthy diet are more likely to continue those eating habits throughout their lifetime.
It is possible to eat a healthy diet on a busy schedule. All it takes is a little planning. According to nutrition expert Holly Clegg, “My youngest child did not have a fast food hamburger until she was 15 years old, and it wasn’t because I didn’t allow it. I didn’t have to pick up fast food for my children because I knew I could get something on the table in 30 minutes.”