6 Dimensions of Health: Nutrition
Nutrition is defined in the dictionary by the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Not only does an apple a day keep the doctor away, but it completely overalls your mental and physical health, keeping your cells rejuvenating as should. Combined with the other dimensions of health, nutrition is a pivotal piece of a healthy lifestyle.
What is Nutrition?
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of nutrition? An orange, a leafy green, a lifestyle blogger telling you to eat clean. While each of those have their benefits (for a variety of reasons), nutrition can be viewed as both a simple and big obstacle in obtaining a healthy lifestyle. But in the end, it doesn’t have to be. Simple changes can make a big impact on your overall nutrition in both your physical and mental health.
Why Do You Need Healthy, Nutritious Meals?
Many people believe that to eat healthy is in complete vain. While there may be benefits for your waistline, the truth behind eating nutritiously is as a strive for a balanced healthy lifestyle. Consuming nutritious meals can improve not only your immunity, but your brain and overall physical health. From stroke prevention and reduced cancer risk, eating well also helps to improve your mood, memory and restful sleeping. Consuming nutrients and healthy eating can also encourage you to feel good about yourself, improve energy levels, increases brain function while also boosting self-esteem.
Avoiding nutritious meals can cause irritability, aggression and inability to concentrate or focus on even the simplest tasks. Children who lack nutritious substances can have difficulties in school, becoming uninterested in studies and various learning situations. In addition, without healthy foods, both adults and children become more at risk for depression, anxiety and other adverse effects on mental health.
Easy Tips To Incorporate Nutrition Into Your Life
Healthy eating doesn’t mean restricting yourself completely from sweets and other treats. You’re likely eating foods on the regular that have hidden sugars and are heavily processed. Those with stress profile types that are Scattered, Craver or Wired, a reduction in sugar will yield immediate results. And while there is no single form or hack of eating healthy, making simple changes can make a big impact on your health.
- Swap out cows’ milk for nut alternatives
- Open face your sandwich by skipping a slice of bread
- Go for sparkling water instead of soda
- Choose fresh fruits with nut butters instead of sugary snacks
- Boil instead of fry
- Veggies and dip instead of chips and dip
- Choose cold brew over lattes or energy drinks
- Indulge in dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate
- Swap white pasta for whole wheat or veggie infused
Find yourself craving sugary snacks and saturated fats? Take our Personality Stress Profile to find help in avoiding your cravings and consuming more nutritious meals to improve your physical and mental health today.