The Quest for a Healthy Diet

Ever felt that you can do so much better if you had more energy? Or ever wished that you felt better about yourself? Or that you can be more lean or buff or appealing or anything?

Of course there are other ways to address these concerns, such as developing self-esteem and self-confidence along with considering whether or not you need a psychiatrist to help sort you out, or figuring out whether walking for thirty minutes a day to endless hours in the mall enough to release much needed endorphins to make you feel better about yourself.

Of course, both recourse need some serious financing, and while you dwell on that maybe you would like to consider changing what you take in for a start. Yes, more than just weight loss and the possibility of sporting a to-die-for physique, paying attention to your diet can affect your mood and your overall health.

If ever you considered going on a diet before and found that it was just too difficult to carry out or that you found that your body was more tired than energized, then you should know by now that switching to a healthier diet must be motivated by more than just a whimsical desire to look good.

An authentic healthy diet will do more than that; it will transform you, and make you feel good about yourself. So forgo the latest trends telling you what to eat and what not to eat, because in constructing a healthy diet you should only consider one thing: your body’s needs.

Every individual’s body has different needs depending on his or her activities and body composition. You can visit USDA’s My Pyramid website, where they can instantaneously provide you with a rough idea of what you should be eating. If you want a more detailed outline of what you should eat, then you should consult your doctor or dietician so they can accurately assess your body’s needs and monitor your progress. More than anything or anyone, you should know what your needs are.

Pay attention to the signals that your body is sending you. Do you only drink water when you are thirsty? Then you are not drinking enough water. Studies say that when the body feels thirsty it is actually already sending a signal that your body has reached dangerously low levels of water, and you need to replenish your body’s supply fast. Do you have cravings?

More often than not, cravings are the body’s way of telling you that you are not getting enough of this or that mineral or vitamin. Although it could also be your mind telling you that your body needs its daily dose of chocolate, which could mean that you are already addicted to certain chemicals (believe it or not, the body can be addicted to certain foods, like pizza, burgers, etc.).

So for starters, drink plenty of water, and shun the sodas and caffeine. Carry a water bottler wherever you go and make it a habit to take a sip every hour or so. Also, evaluate your eating habits.

Do you really have to eat chocolates everyday? Why not appease your sweet cravings with fruit? Committing yourself to a diet requires discipline, and you might even find yourself having some withdrawals as your new diet detoxifies your body, but over the long run you will see that you will feel  energized, your skin will clear up because of all the water and nutrients, and generally start feeling better about yourself, and then perhaps, you might even be surprised with the new better you.