You may already love your life, but surely there is always room for improvement. Self-esteem, body-concept and what seems like an endless list of modern buzz phrases like these are very popular in self-help books and fitness magazines. While you don’t want to live by the scale or the mirror, you do want to have a healthy view of your life. This view, often times, starts in how you feel even more so than how you look. Eating healthy can not only make you look better, but it can help you to feel better too.
The most obvious category of self-image improvements that you can obtain through dietary choices is weight, but it surely isn’t the only area involved. Sticking to the weight category for a minute, there are some very simple ways to start turning up your metabolic systems and thereby getting your weight to start to creep downward while the corners of your mouth start to turn upward. Start with reducing the amount of sugar intake in your daily diet. Either skip sugar in coffee or switch to a healthier alternative like Stevia. Don’t go for the NutraSweet, Equal and Splenda route because those ingredients are known to actually preserve fat cells and make them nearly impossible to destroy by your body’s natural mechanisms. As your body learns to operate without sugar in your system, or much less of it, the body’s ketogenic (fat burning) mechanisms begin to activate and from there the pounds start shedding off faster than any other method possible.
Adding natural green healthy vegetables to your daily diet can make a world of difference in how you feel. The natural enzymes that exist in vegetables have a special reaction when they arrive in your stomach for digestion. Not only do those enzymes aid in the digestion process itself, making you feel less full for less time, but they also help your body absorb valuable vitamins and minerals, which aid in immune health and metabolic health. For the optimal result in eating healthy vegetables, cook them at temperatures lower than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This preserves even more of the natural enzymes in the vegetable material, which your body will appreciate.
Some dietary choices that can make a world of difference are still relatively unknown to most people. One such possibility is the addition of coconut oil into your daily regimen. Most people immediately think of oils and then start acting like they’re all the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to coconut oil. Don’t be surprised at the high prices you’ll find for coconut oil at the grocery store, but as the old saying goes: “You get what you pay for.” Coconut oil is a natural anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal. If that wasn’t enough good in a single ingredient, it also contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which help your body regulate cholesterol. Coconut oil will help you feel healthy in so many ways while providing boosts of natural energy you need to get through a stressful or busy day. Try just swallowing a spoonful of it a couple times a day or use it in replacement of vegetable oil or butter to lubricate your pans when frying vegetables or some meat. The taste difference is minor but the health effects will have you wearing a smile for the rest of the day.
When you eat well, you feel well. When you eat junk, you’re going to feel like junk. It’s no surprise that feeling great can be a function of what ingredients you put into your body on a regular basis. If what you’ve been doing in terms of your diet hasn’t been giving you the results you want, then it may be time to try something new. The old staples that make up your diet can be relegated to “cheat day” status, or can become regular staples if you don’t start feeling better within a few weeks of trying the new diet ideas covered here. You’re the master of your castle, but what comes in the gates is going to have an effect on the moral of your empire. Choose the ingredients wisely for a happy house.