International Zing Burgers is committed to providing real and healthy food for real people. We want to introduce the benefits of why eating healthy is a must for your either diet and mental and physical wellbeing.
With a new year upon us, it is time to reflect, be grateful and set some good intentions for the road ahead. While many of us our main motivation is to eat healthier is to lose weight. Is this alone enough to motivate us to stick to it? Probably not, considering that only 8% of people stick to their New Year’s resolution.
Eating healthy is about so much more than looking good in those skinny jeans. Then we truly understand what a profound impact the food we eat can have on every aspect of our lives. Yet we are likely to stick to healthy eating habits beyond the mere fact of “look great”.
Here are 5 ultimate reasons to make eating healthy a priority for this year!
What a year it was 2020, right? And after (and still) the world COVID-19 pandemic, many governmental institutions tend to offer ongoing support to their citizens and providing recommendations for healthy eating. The Australian Government is one of many. Because at the end of the day what we eat can have a huge impact on our mental health. According to Black Dog Institute, the numbers are devastating: one in five Australians aged 16-85 experience illness, such as anxiety and substance use disorder, in any year.
Eating high amounts of sugar and processed food has been linked to an increased risk of depression. On the other hand, eating whole foods like sweet potatoes, spinach, berries and avocados will lower inflammation in the body. In addition, it helps raise serotonin levels to fight symptoms of depression and keep you feeling healthy and happy.
If you are nerdy, check out this academic journal from the NCBI (National Library of Medicine, US) to have an in-depth understanding of all these concepts.
The food you put in your body will determine whether you spring out of your bed in the morning or hit that snooze button 20 times. Eating a diet full of real foods such as vegetables will help stabilize your blood sugar to keep your energy levels steady throughout the day and avoid feeling tired.
A big part of eating healthier is cutting down on your consumption of things like alcohol, caffeine and sugar, all of which negatively impact your sleep. When you improve the quality of your sleep, you give your body a better chance to rejuvenate. It turns, it becomes much easier to lose weight and make healthier choices when it comes to food.
There is no doubt that poor digestion negatively impacts your quality of life. Feeling bloated, gassy or constipated tends to make you feel uncomfortable, self-conscious and anti-social. But when you balance your diet with real foods packed with things like fibre and probiotics, your digestive system runs much more smoothly. As a result, your belly feels less distended, your bowels work the way they were meant to and you are able to enjoy life!
Like the saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. So, important carry a healthy and balanced diet to prevent disease. Obesity is not the only nutrition-related cause of disease. Too much or too little of certain nutrients can also contribute to health issues. For instance, too much-saturated fat can cause cardiovascular disease, and too few fruits and vegetables are associated with cancer.
Consuming a healthy diet makes you feel a whole lot better both inside and out, which leads to higher self-confidence. When you eat and sleep well, and are in good mental health, you tend to feel a lot better about yourself. This helps cultivate a better relationship with not only yourself but also with those you love.
By making gradual changes can help you improve the way you eat in the long run. Wanna some tips to introduce in your day-to-day? Substitute water for high-calorie, sugary drinks, and switch from full-fat to low-fat dairy products. Selecting lean meats instead of fatty cuts, and eat heaps of whole grains! Last but not least, cut down consuming snacking and instead go for healthy options such as sweet potato fries.
So, still, wondering why should you shift your intake towards a healthy and balanced diet? Well, as you see, eating healthier is way more than weight loss. What you eat can impact every aspect of your life from your mental health to your sleep and relationships. So go ahead and wholeheartedly commit to developing healthier eating habits this year. Set goals that are simple and tangible to set yourself up for success. You can do this!
An remember, at International Zing Burgers we like to keep things simple: zero artificial colours, no chemicals or added hormones or things that we don’t recognize as commonly accepted as healthy food. We’re just about simple, tasty burgers. Easy as.
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