With so many fad diets creeping around, it’s sometimes hard to understand where the truth lies in what makes a healthy diet. Give up this, eat more of that, this is OK but not that much – it’s endless. Weight loss remains on the mind of women and isn’t going away. The trends in weight loss and body image have finally started to distinguish between “skinny” and “healthy,” with more information being brought to the forefront regarding healthy lifestyle and body type.
Food is a Portion
Still, finding a good fit isn’t always easy. Healthy eating is a part of a healthier you, not the whole. Lifestyle plays a factor.
Foods affect much more than your size – a healthy diet can help prepare your body to overcome or prevent health problems. From skin issues to heart and bone health, and so much more. As we age, women are more susceptible to several health problems. While changing our diets late in the game may not be a miracle worker, it can definitely help put us on the right track.
The Office of Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states that “Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for American women. Stroke is the number 3 cause of death.”, and that “heart-healthy eating is an important way to lower your risk” of these diseases.
It’s no surprise which foods made the “naughty list” for the OWH: added sugars, processed foods, too much sodium, and cholesterol. Foods on the “good list” include whole grains and whole foods, beans, legumes, and fruits and vegetables.
Reducing your intake of sugars, processed foods, and high-cholesterol animal products is just the start to a healthier you. Even dropping a small percentage of your bodyweight if you’re overweight reduces your risk for heart disease and other health issues.
While adopting healthy eating habits and a healthier lifestyle are a start, you may feel as though you need additional support and a push in the right direction. It’s never too late to start trying to improve your health, and we’re here to help you achieve those goals.