The Importance Of Eating Healthier & Always Improving Your Diet

The Importance Of Eating Healthier & Always Improving Your Diet by Sara Tipton for Ready Nutrition

As a nation, the United States is barreling towards a healthcare crisis that will be difficult to avoid. The majority of Americans are now overweight or obese and this mostly comes down to the decisions about what to eat. But there are so many other reasons why you should choose to constantly improve your diet.

As a nation, the United States is barreling towards a healthcare crisis that will be difficult to avoid. The majority of Americans are now overweight or obese and this mostly comes down to the decisions about what to eat.  But there are so many other reasons why you should choose to constantly improve your diet.

We all know the health consequences of being overweight or obese, but did you know that an estimated 160 million Americans are obese? When looking at obesity alone, there are more obese adults living in America today – 78 million – than in any other country in the world, according to Health Data. Unfortunately, along with obesity comes chronic diseases, inflammation, heart conditions, and joint pain. It is also often readily remedied by making different food choices. (Yes, there are several diseases and conditions that make weight loss difficult, but that isn’t the case for the majority of Americans who are obese.)

“The rise in obesity among children in the US is especially troubling,” said Marie Ng, Assistant Professor of Global Health at IHME and the paper’s lead author. “We know that there are severe health effects related to childhood obesity, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many cancers. We need to be thinking now about how to turn this trend around.”

Your Children –  If you can’t be bothered to improve your health for yourself, do it for your children or family. Kids especially emulate their parents. If you want your little ones to make better food choices, you should lead by example.  Make cooking a vegetable side dish (that’s not corn-based) with veggies chosen fresh from the produce section a habit. Let your kids pick new veggies to try and let them peel or cut (if they are old enough) the vegetables. My kids get to choose which zucchini or butternut squash we will buy and which oil we will cook them in.  Letting them choose which healthy oil to cook the vegetables in (such as avocado or olive oil) will give them a little more control. I also often let them choose the spices so we can change up the flavors. Do this to your liking, obviously, but cumin and cinnamon (not cinnamon sugar) are common selections in our house. This is a great habit to get into and if your kids have fun, they will carry this tradition onto their children. It also builds a powerful bond with your kids. We talk about the day and smell the different spices and try to describe them when cooking.

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