Health is an important area of focus. Dietary habits impact our body functions in many different ways. Amongst the impact are on our body sizes, skin, brain and cognitive functions, energy level and more. We rely on what we eat for our body.
Is there any health awareness about how our food impacts us? Yes. The fact that fresh vegetables and fruits are regard as healthy and processed foods is bad for health. The shocking fact is we know but the changes in dietary habit seem too major to be changed. Eating healthier cost $1.50 more a day according to Mayuree Rao et al1 in a meta-analysis based article published in BMJ. $1.50 is a cost that I consider reasonably low for our health.
The next question is of course, how can we spend that extra $1.50? Would people fork out $1.50 on coffee or food they regards as healthy? What is healthy for you? Can we regard fruits and vegetables, no junk food, organic food, all natural food as healthy food? Or this list is simply sounds too healthy to you.
Recently, I come to realize there is a term called 'too healthy'. Eating greens could be an example of being too healthy and not everyone is comfortable of having healthy food. Suddenly, health became a true scale of our own evaluation. There is only a person who can define how healthy you are precisely and that is yourself.
While I see how community influences what we term as healthy dietary habits, it is more of a temporary stand point to please others. It is really up to our heart and our willingness to determine how we are healthy within our mindset. Some might just even say although I take in potatoes chips, I am healthy because I had my doses of fruits and vegetables recommended by the food guide. Take a moment and rethink what is consider healthy for you?
Food tip of the week:
Consume harvested salad leaves as they are removed from ground for maximum nutrients. Yellow colored leaves indicate nutrient loss.
1. Rao M, Afshin A, Singh G, et al. Do healthier foods and diet patterns cost more than less healthy options? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2013;3:e004277. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013- 004277.
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