One of the biggest things that we need to take care of is our health. We often have to look out for our own health as well as the health of those we love.
The goal of eating is to stay strong and to take in foods that give you the energy you need to survive and stay healthy.
To do this, we must eat a balanced, healthy diet that promotes an active life. You want to eat food that gives your body the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that it needs to get through the day.
However, as centuries have passed, many of the foods that we once considered “healthy” are now over-processed and contribute to health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Diabetes.org states that in 2012, over 29 million Americans were afflicted with diabetes. This is almost ten percent of the American population.
This rate had risen since 2010, in which only about 26 million Americans had diabetes. This is a scary rise in statistics.
Additionally, Diabetes.org listed diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in Americans in 2010.
It’s time that we take a closer look at the foods that we’re putting into our bodies; it’s time that we recognize how these specific foods are affecting us.
Although it’s important to start at the beginning and promote a healthy diet at a young age, it becomes increasingly more important that you watch what you are putting into your body as you age.
As you grow older, you become more susceptible to obesity, and unfortunately, obesity can lead to diabetes.
It can be easy to reach for processed foods and “quick fixes” for hunger. But you must stop and think about the big picture. You must recognize how the foods you are putting into your body are contributing to your health, or the lack thereof.
Think of it this way. If you have an allergy to cats, more often than not, you will probably go out of your way to avoid contact with these animals because you know that it affects your health negatively.
If a friend invites you over to his or her place, you might first ask if he or she has a cat. If you chose to go over there, you might take some allergy medication or a few puffs from your inhaler before leaving your house.
You would also most likely never decide to own a cat unless you know for certain that you would be able to keep your allergies at bay. If not, owning a cat would make you miserable. With the cat in your home, you would constantly be exposed to something that makes you feel sick.
The same is true for most people with food allergies, especially when these allergies are so severe that they are life threatening. If your allergy requires you to carry an Epipen, you’re probably going to take specific food precautions when you go out to eat.
These precautions might include researching the menu, asking the waiter any questions about the contents of various dishes, and making it absolutely clear to the kitchen staff that you have a life threatening allergy.
All of these actions will help to inform the staff that they must be particularly careful when preparing your food.
Sure, it can be exhausting taking such thorough precautions, but when something seriously affects your health, you want to make sure that you do everything in your power to eliminate any potential threats and to stay well.
If people are willing to be this cautious with things such as allergies, why are they often so negligent when it comes to their nutrition?
Obesity and diabetes are just as real and can be just as crippling as any allergy. Yet, many people do not take the necessary precautions to avoid these diseases.
They assume that they can eat whatever they want and not face any negative consequences.
Perhaps they learned these bad eating habits at a young age, or they picked them up as an adult. It’s easy to fall off of the wagon when you don’t have a parent around telling you to eat your vegetables and to lay off the junk food.
Too much of any one thing is bad. Moderation and balance is key for a healthy diet.