What are the Benefits of Healthy Eating and a Balanced Healthy Diet?

Yes, you really do need to know the benefits of healthy eating, and when you do you’ll want to make sure you are eating a balanced nutritious diet, with the minimum of fuss and effort – right?

Are you looking for the secrets of eternal youth? Sorry, you won’t find them here but ….

The benefits of healthy eating are better than that! Research shows that eating a balanced diet benefits almost every aspect of our lives, and this is particularly true for midlife women. If eating in a more healthy way means we can have even some of the following benefits, then surely that’s a great incentive?

  • Increased energy and stamina levels to get you through the day
  • Improved sleep to recharge your batteries
  • Improved levels of concentration
  • More radiant skin tone and texture
  • Healthy hair and nails
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Assists with weight loss or weight manegment
  • Improved resistance to illness
  • Shorter duration of illness when it does take place
  • Healthier more robust immune system
  • Improved digestion and regular bowel movements
  • Decreased of diabetes
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of cancer

Important Benefits of Healthy Eating Explained

The main benefits of healthy eating are summarized below and each of these will be examined later in greater detail. It is really essential to recognize what benefits healthy eating will bring into every part of your lives.

  • A major benefit of healthy eating is weight management. It enables us to maintain our weight or help with weight loss, and so combat obesity, which is a significant factor in preventing or reducing the severity of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other diseases.
    Fact – in the US 33% of women are obese and in the UK 25% (both approximate figures). Obese is defined as having a BMI or body mass index of more than 30. This page shows you how to calculate BMI and has a simple calculator.

    A balanced diet will ensure that your nutritional needs are met, in other words your body is getting the correct amount of nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system, which in turn will give you greater resistance to disease and illnesses.

  • Perhaps not so obvious but diet plays a crucial role in stress management. Some food and drinks are powerful stimulants and can be a direct cause of stress and anxiety – think of comfort eating and diet traps for starters. Take a look at my tips for reducing stress for some ideas to help if you are stressed.
  • Increased energy, improved concentration and better sleep, each of these can benefit from healthy eating and a balanced diet.
  • A well balanced diet with calcium rich foods can help to maintain healthy bones. Our skeleton provides the framework for our body and needs just as much TLC as our skin or hair. Taking steps to keep our bones healthy and strong will help with preventing osteoporosis later in life.
  • Finally, eating a balanced diet is so rewarding! Its more satisfying to shop for fresh, healthy food, cooking is more enjoyable, it tastes delicious and looks good too

Simply explained a balanced healthy diet has …

  • A balance of food types – not too much meat, dairy etc
  • A balance of nutrients – protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, fat, fibre, minerals etc.
  • A balance on intake versus output – in other words we must burn off as many calories as we eat otherwise our weight will increase.

Check out this list of healthy food and see how many of these items are already part of your regular shop.

Understanding and appreciating the benefits of healthy eating are a major step towards achieving a healthy lifestyle. To achieve your goal of an active, successful healthful lifestyle implement changes gradually. Measure your success not by inches lost from your waist or thighs, but in how much better you feel – energized, empowered and proceed with enthusiasm!

Have I managed to convince you how the benefits of healthy eating play a very important role in achieving the goal of living a healthy lifestyle? I do hope so, remember you aren’t alone on this journey.

This is what renowned writer and lecturer Anne Wilson Schaef has to say about health…..

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”

And

“Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow.”

I think these are great quotations. When I find myself drifting away from eating healthy foods towards the delicious temptations of junk food (yes, I do give in sometimes!), I hold these words in my mind to remind myself of the benefits healthy eating and why I am committing to a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.

For More Information About Healthy Eating Check out the following articles:-

Healthy Eating Guidelines – an overview to help you get started. Create healthy eating habits, and reduce the risk of nutrition related diseases.

Eating Healthy on a Budget – You can start eating healthy on a budget, all it takes is a few changes to you lifestyle, and following this advice.

Healthy Eating Plans – the first step towards getting organized with plans for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even snacks.

Essential Healthy Eating Tips – following these tips is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, and a big step towards living a healthy lifestyle.

List of Healthy Food – learn about healthy foods and create your own lists.

10 Top Healthiest Foods – Get a head start on improving your diet when you know what foods are healthy.

Healthy Breakfast Foods – Do You Start Your Day With A Healthy Breakfast? Ideas to help you start the day right.

Easy Healthy Meals – You don’t always need a recipe book, with a little inspiration we can eat tasty, healthy meals all the time.