"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn
In everyday life, we tend to get so busy that sometimes we forget to look after ourselves, particularly when it comes to our eating habits.
Eating healthy foods along with living a healthy active lifestyle will keep your body strong and make you feel your best. To maintain or even begin living healthily you should get yourself into a routine and make nutrition a key attribute to your fitness and health.
Healthy eating routines will undoubtedly stay with you if you absorb them during your childhood. Children eating healthily can really benefit them by boosting their energy and settle their minds. This is why it is so important to teach your kids these habits whilst they are young and will even help them avoid many illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Ensuring your children are starting every day with breakfast and making all meal times a priority within your household can set a great example for healthy eating patterns. If you're finding it hard to stimulate them to eat healthily, you can make mealtimes fun, allow them to choose their favourite healthy foods and teach them about nutrition in all the foods they are having also!
A report by Jenna Brinkman states that a healthy diet, rich in calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals, will enable optimal skeletal and physical growth so a healthy diet is so important to their development.
Everyone has different dietary requirements and nutritional demands for good health.
- Men need 2,500 calories (8,400 KJ) per day to maintain weight
- Women need 2,000 calories (10,500 KJ) per day to maintain weight
- Growing children need between 1,600 - 2,500 calories per day
Along with this, it is important to remember that the meals we consume should be a balance of each different food group. The NHS provided us with The Eatwell Guide which defines the different sorts of food we should be eating and in what quantities. The guide should apply to everyone above the age of 5 unless you have any special dietary requirements or medical needs and will help achieve a healthy balanced diet.
It is common for adults to use diet products that promise consumers rapid weight loss, further getting us into an impracticable way of life. These diets that help you lose weight quite rapidly can adapt your personality mentally also. Psychologist Charlotte Markey found in her research that inadequate and restrictive diets can make us have feelings of anxiousness and cause serious frustration and depression.
Our advice would be to try and maintain a nutritious balanced diet going hand in hand with a regular amount of physical activity to create a good structure for your health. Consume foods that are high-quality proteins, a balanced amount of carbohydrates and healthy fats with your vitamins and minerals to maintain your body and health. Being a role model for your children will encourage them to follow your healthy eating patterns so they learn to follow.