Delicious and Nutritious
Getting well, staying well and prioritizing nutritional value in your meals can mean the difference between chronic sickness and wellness. It can also determine your health care costs, and how your finances are impacted. If you think insurance is expensive, consider the actual cost of chronic illness and disability.
There’s a saying, “you are what you eat“, and it seems to be self-explanatory. However, the way that food affects your body, your metabolism, and your taste buds is entirely personal and unique.
What Exactly is Wellness?
Disease and poor health can stem from a number of factors. Illness strikes, sometimes without warning. A disability or handicap may be the result of a disease, an accident or a congenital condition.
Our diet and nutritional input greatly affects how our body works. It also affects the mind and emotions. It’s critical to know and understand the nutritional requirements of your body, and how to get them.
As children, you ate whatever was served at the table. In the days when families ate three square meals a day, and snacks were limited, your food intake was carefully monitored. Mothers often adhered to the prescribed standards for what you needed for good health.
Today meals are more casual. Some families almost never sit down together for a meal. Unless there are babies or small children, food is available and everyone takes what they like. This may or may not lead to wellness. Our society can be vague on what constitutes good nutrition. The fact is, whatever you select usually becomes a lifelong habit that results in regular health habits. Some good. Some bad.
Knowing what your body needs for wellness can steer you away from the bad habits. There are good foods that are quick and easy to grab. Fruit, veggie sticks, nuts, yogurt or energy bars can be kept within arms reach, before you rip open that bag of chips.
Eating foods that nourish, rather than just fill you up has enormous benefits.
- Your body is getting what it needs to function properly.
- You feel well and satisfied.
- You have more energy.
- Your medical picture is good.
- You’ll save money.
That last one may come as a surprise, but good food usually doesn’t cost as much as junk.
Foods that lack nutritional value are expensive. Treats, snacks, fast foods and packaged items such as chips, candy bars and sweets, usually have a higher price tag than fresh or simple foods. There are exceptions of course, but buying oranges, for example, is usually cheaper than buying orange juice. When you’re carefully watching your budget, groceries can take a large chunk out of your weekly allowance. Anyone living within a tight budget will recognize the significance.
Senior women on a budget may see their grocery bills taking a hefty chunk out of their resources. Add in your insurance premiums, medications and out-of-pocket expenses and that nest egg looks mighty small.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to eat poorly. Neither my health picture or my budget allow it.
Guidelines For Nutrition And Wellness
Which is your dinner plate? On the first plate, we have meat, a green vegetable and a fruit. Some scientists claim tomatoes are both fruit and vegetable. Regardless, this is a balanced meal. There is protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals.
On the second plate is a pizza, a popular and delicious choice for family or company. This pizza appears to be vegetarian, and this meal is also nutritious, as well as colorful.
The trick is to find foods that you like, and also meet food requirements. In general, start with a few good and favorite foods, carefully add to your list, and plan your meals accordingly.
Nutrition. You Eat It. It Nourishes You.
The most important list you should make, before your shopping list, is about foods that you like and that are also nutritious. There are hundreds of opinions regarding “proper nutrition”. However, certain foods make all the lists.
- Fruits – This includes berries and fruits that grow on trees. Fruits are perennials.
- Vegetables – You may eat the root, stem, leaves, flowers, seeds, tubers or pods. Vegetables are annuals because they are planted every year, from seeds or small plants.
- Meat and fish – Protein sources are numerous and also include dairy, peanut butter, vegetables and eggs.
- Dairy – This food group is the subject of controversy, however, it includes milk and milk products, such as cheese, yogurt, butter and cream.
Though I research for accuracy, information regarding food and nutrition are variable. I’m here to give you practical ideas for eating right, feeling good and maintaining wellness. Everyone eats junk food occasionally, but if it’s making you tired, overweight or feeling unwell, find a substitute. Fruits and berries tend to be sweet, nuts generally taste good and veggies dipped in your favorite dressing satisfies a craving. These are staples.
The advantages of eating for wellness are many, but let’s talk about three for now.
- Mental and physical health
Mental and physical health
For optimum functionality, the body needs to be fully nurtured. Deficiencies result in sluggish, impaired mental and physical activity. You’re feeding multiple parts of the body, that have specific jobs to do. And they work together, to give you optimum abilities, from your head down to your toes.
Energy is more than wanting to run. Every part of your body has to have fuel. When you’re running on an empty tank, collapse is just around the corner. Here’s a definition of how the body runs.
Metabolism noun. The definition of metabolism is the organic and chemical processes inside of organisms that are necessary to maintain life, or how quickly you burn calories or fat. The chemical processes that let you stay alive are an example of metabolism.
Doctors will tell you that by the time you’re 30 years old, your metabolism has been gradually decreasing. By the time you are 65, you really need to rev up your metabolism with exercise and carefully planned nutrition.
I mentioned earlier that good foods cost less than junk. I have a nutritional guide that I use for grocery shopping and meal planning.
The Simple Superfoods list, by Sarah Short, is a complete guide to nutritional foods and delicious eating. It lists 30 key superfoods that have the vitamins and minerals we need for optimum health and wellbeing.
The foods are familiar to all of us, and we probably eat some of them each day, and throughout the week. By maximizing our consumption of the foods on this list, we can feel and look better, and increase our health and fitness.
I choose a number of foods each time I grocery shop, including fruits, vegetables, fish, oils, grains and nuts. I’m not concerned about perfect matches; I eat what I like and vary it according to taste and what’s available.
What could be simpler? The affiliate link is below. I hope you find a few things you like that may be added to your shopping list.
Poor nutrition takes its toll on body, mind and wallet. You can maximize your everyday health picture and your weekly budget simply by jotting down your favorite food items and including them when you go to the market.
Here’s to your health!
Look well. Feel great! Save money.
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