Some people live just for what the mouth can chew irrespective of what they eat and how much they eat it. They turn to food as solace during distress and an object of celebration during comfort. Because of the no-time syndrome, many have resorted to food joints that serve foods ladened with saturated fat, salt, and sugar. For most youths, excessive consumption of alcohol is the order of the day. It is so bad that most children don’t know foods like carrot, cabbage, cucumber etc. All they know is ice cream, chewing gum, biscuit and the likes. The above descriptions are true representation of unhealthy food habits.
Having an imbalanced diet and making poor choices can directly affect your overall health. The food you eat and how much you eat it can impact how you feel, what you weigh, and your risk of developing chronic diseases. For example, consumption of a diet high in fat, especially saturated fat is the leading cause of obesity which is instrumental to the development of other chronic diseases such as Coronary heart diseases, hypertension, type II diabetes, stroke, etc.
Furthermore, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (1993) explains that alcohol consumption inhibits the breakdown of nutrients into usable molecules by secretion of digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Even if nutrients are digested and absorbed, alcohol can prevent them from being fully utilized by altering their transport, storage and excretion.
In view of the detrimental effects unhealthy habits can inflict on us, it is discreet to adopt a healthy eating habit. Healthy eating is not about strict dieting limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that nourish you with nutrients needed to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy, without depriving you of your food preference.
The following are measures to help you eat healthy:
- Eat the recommended amount of food for you
- Prepare your own meals in order to take charge of what you eat
- Your goal of eating is to be healthy not to be stuffed
- Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables
- Reduce your consumption of alcohol
- Increase your consumption of water