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The concept of healthy  eating

Healthy eating is a young concept that came up in 1824. In 1824 in the UK appeared the first article about a healthy diet. Other magazines and world experts provided different guidelines about a healthy diet in the USA.

Slowly the concept of a healthy diet became famous worldwide, and we found research-based articles guidelines about eating healthy were approved and provided and supported by governments in many countries. The concept of a healthy diet can have different meanings to different groups of people.

A healthy diet means a carbohydrate-based diet to get an athlete’s tremendous amount of energy. For someone with heart-issue, a healthy diet consists of a low-cholesterol diet rich in tryptophan that helps people with mental health. To conclude,  a low-calorie diet is considered healthy for someone who wants to lose weight.

Everyone agrees that there is no suitable diet for everyone as different factors affect diet. That includes

  • Age.
  • Sex.
  • Family history.
  • Lifestyle and job
  • Cultural beliefs and religion.
  • Genetic factors.
  • Health issues.
  • Income.

The Eatwell Guide gives the national guidelines suggested by the NHS, and Government Guide suggests the right amount of food you should get everyday food you should avoid or reduce, such as alcohol.

Diet and diseases

You will be surprised to know that hundred years ago, many diseases, including heart disease, were rare conditions.

That is in line with the progress in many countries, wealthy salaries, new food manufacturers that offered processed food at all costs, increased consumption of coffee and lifestyle changes.

Today, research has shown that fatty foods, espresso coffee, and alcohol are related to heart diseases and high blood pressure. Consequently, reducing or avoiding these foods will help reduce risks of heart-related health issues and contribute to eating longer. Besides, a diet rich in low fats, PUFa (Poli Unsaturated Fats) found in vegetable oils and oily fish will help our heart, blood system, and nervous system.

Consume of salt also impacts our blood pressure, and consequently, our kidneys too. A reduced amount of salt can be beneficial. NHS suggest we should have a maximum of 6mg of salt daily.

We have many diseases diet-related diseases. Different types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and IBS  are related to an unhealthy lifestyle and diet; consequently, fixing our diet can help treat these diseases. That does mean the diet will take diseases away but will contribute to a longer life.

Together with salt fats, the consumption of sugars and alcohol is entirely increased in the last 100 years. We can find sugar in confectionery, desserts, processed foods, soft drinks, energy drinks, and many supplements. The same for alcohol and caffeine.

A moderate amount of coffee, usually a maximum amount of 300/400mg a day of caffeine or a small glass of wine, benefits our bodies. On the other hand, excess of these is shown to be harmful to our health.

Conclusion

A healthy diet can be helpful to human health and can help in the treatment of many diseases. The term “Healthy diet” came about 200 years ago, and today it has a different meaning for different people. In the Uk, the Eatwell guide gives the guidelines to a healthy diet. It suggests the main foods and daily amount we should have, and the food we should avoid or reduce.

Eatwell Guide

Diet and Diseases Facts

1

Tryptophan is an amino acid. It plays an essential role in producing Serotonin and helps with mental health.

2

Pufa (poly unsaturated fats) are essential for our blood and heart. They also help the nervous system and are not harmful to our health.

3

Carbohydrates are four different types of sugars found in fruits and vegetables. We need the most starches found in grains and potatoes, and cereals.

Planning On Changing Your Lifestyle?

Trying to focus on the solution rather than the causes. That will lead you to a different level of thinking, reduce your stress, and make you feel better. Being constantly under stress increase the level of cortisol. Cortisol loves to help our body to store fat in our hips and our abdomen.

Right now, we know how to identify our triggers and learn how to deal with them. After that, the biggest challenge has an action plan to prevent relapse. A good relapse prevention plan includes three main steps. Firstly, recognize your triggers, secondly, deal with them and finally use our self-efficacy to deal with them without back in the old habits.

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