By Jarrod Gunn
After years of living an unhealthy lifestyle, people within our society have slowly started to gravitate towards taking notice of how they can improve their eating habits. Only the ones who stay mentally strong survive the headache of cutting back on what your body consumes.
When someone says Diet, they typically think you must go on a restriction to what you can eat and what you can’t eat. The word diet means that you should watch the food you eat and the portions of the food in which you intake.
Dieting can also mean saving money and contributing to the statistic of Americans who can afford what they’re eating because they’re eating responsibly. In 2019, 4.1% of households experienced very low food security, meaning they reported cutting or skipping meals and not eating enough because they didn’t have enough money for food, according to the USDA.
Food shapes your genes, family traditions and environment. After researching and reading some personal stories I noticed how seriously people take their relationship with food and their body. Paying attention to how foods affect your lifestyle and dietary habit should always be at the top of your priorities.
Dieting, eating responsibly and nutrition is very important to me because of past and current family members who have struggled with many underlying diseases. Personally, I have had aunts, uncles and even some young cousins who have dealt with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or even cancer. It has been proven that foods cause some of these diseases if not all of them.
As young adults we typically decide to eat until we’re full. However, this is not bad at all but eating until your full and not being physically active is where the problem resides. Today, around 9 percent and 12 percent of U.S. adults eat enough veggies and fruit, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Bananas are the most popular fresh fruit in the U.S., with 13.9 pounds available per person, according to the USDA. Eating healthy meals and snacks can help you lose weight and support normal growth while regular exercise can also contribute to helping you feel healthier and better about yourself.
After doing a general study I learned that if the human body intakes greater than normal proportions and still exercises, the body will thin itself out.
Jaime Sharp, a nutritionist from Dothan, Alabama, learned about the importance of eating healthy through having a love for the study of biology.
“Food can impact how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. And food choice is something that most everyone has some measure of control over,” Sharp said. “Healthy living is a long game, so think about changes that can be worked on over time to establish habits that produce real life change and benefit. For example, if you’re a constant snacker, make sure your meals are balanced with protein, fiber, fat, and starch so that you feel satisfied longer and don’t feel the need to snack.”
While these changes can’t be made overnight, it starts by taking a step at a time. Now that everyone has begun to take their health more seriously, readers should take advantage of this article while they have the opportunity to stay ahead of their health.
There are always healthy ways you can sacrifice that’ll lead to you having a healthier lifestyle. Think about how a food you intake today may affect your body in the future.
About the Author
Jarrod Gunn, from Cocoa, Florida, a senior at Florida A&M University who studies Broadcast Journalism. I am someone who prides himself on giving back to the less fortunate and educating the people around me on what they should do to protect their body. Seeing others strive to be great around me always pushes me to keep working hard also.