Nutrients Rich Food And Health
How can we Change our diet by choosing nutrient rich foods to improve our health? Is it possible? Yes. But How?
Let’s just cut to the chase, I would rather eat pizza and ice cream than eating oatmeal and a salad. Do you agree also? Or are you one of those people who actually likes eating healthy?
Ever since I was younger, I loved food. I had my special foods. I was a very picky eater. Sometimes my mom would get mad at me for not eating what she made, and sometimes she would make a separate dish for me. As I got older, I was embarrassed to admit that I barely knew how to cook anything. The most that I could do was make the pizza rolls in the oven or reheat something in the microwave.
Then the pandemic hit, and I found myself eating processed junk food a lot. It was a hard time for everyone. The ice cream and chips comforted us. They might have comforted me a bit too much though, because I gained an abnormal amount of weight in a short period of time. My menstrual cycle also began to suffer due to my weight gain. My depression and anxiety worsened. It was a vicious cycle, because I ate to alleviate my sadness and would feel insecure and guilty for overeating right after.
With the help of my mother, we found a women’s health specialist for me to see. She helped me figure out ways to track what I was eating and lose weight. It was not easy at all, but being aware of my calories made me less prone to overeating. She also urged me to eat lots of healthy low-calorie foods, such as fruits and vegetables. She said it was fine for me to snack on my favorite junk foods, as long as I did not try to fill up on them. I also joined a gym and began to attend regularly. Before I knew it, I lost 10 pounds and my period became regular again.
This was in no way shape or form something that everyone can do with ease. Even now I still struggle with overeating. It is good to have some guidelines to adhere to, whether or not we can always meet them. For some people, calorie counting can make them really obsessive and be harmful for them. For some people, calorie counting may keep them from binge-eating. It is best to evaluate your own strengths and consult with a health professional before making any changes. I do not have anorexia, but if I did, an entire different plan would have been implemented for me. I can handle calorie counting.
Get Ready And Make Decision
With that being said, the best way to make any decision is to be informed about it. We live in the digital age where we can look up things on the internet. We can call doctors and nutritionists and set up appointments with them. I barely knew anything about how to cook healthy meals and maintain a healthy weight, and it cost me. There are a ton of recipes online that are both easy, nutritious and delicious. If you are someone who does not know how to cook at all, I highly recommend experimenting with some of the trendy and cool recipes first. Then you can transition into stuff like salmon and rice. I remember during the pandemic, I learned how to make whipped coffee because of all the craze I witnessed on Tik Tok. Later on, Gigi Hadid’s pasta started to trend. I remember feeling so proud of myself for being able to chop the onions and make the sauce. I slowly worked my way up to much healthier dishes. A list of healthy food items can also be found online. Right off the bat I will recommend chicken breast, salmon, chickpeas, lentils, Greek yogurt, fruits, and vegetables. You can also choose whole wheat bread, pasta and brown rice rather than the white one. This is just stuff that I like to eat, but there can be many more options available after doing some research and consulting with a professional. Everyone’s body is different therefore everyone’s nutritional needs vary. A professional boxer has a different meal plan than a four year old. It can also be hard to break out of a junk-food binge cycle, and that will require additional help. Reach out to your doctors for eating disorder treatment. You are not alone and there is help available.
Therefore, ask yourself what your goals are, and what possible steps you need to take to be the healthiest version of you.