I love a good cheesesteak as I’m sure many others do too, but a lot of times we forget how crucial our fatty food intake is to our health. A poor diet can lead to an energy imbalance and obvious risks for obesity, but why is this so important?
Healthy eating can prevent high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and can reduce the risk for many diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. We live in a country that relies on fast food when we’re on the go, but these foods do not include the nutrition intake needed for us as human beings throughout the day. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), U.S. adolescents today do not meet the recommendations for 2 1/2 cups to 6 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables, two to three ounces of whole grains, or 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium each day. Sugar-sweetened beverages are also an issue with eating habits today. Drinking a can of soda is equivalent to eating two candy bars believe it or not. Adolescents are drinking 14-22 ounces of soda per day instead of the better option of milk. Water also helps with weight loss and is a healthy alternative to such sugary drinks.
Food Network’s “Healthy Eat” page offers a lot of great low-calorie recipes for those comfort foods you enjoy but know you’re not supposed to have. In 500 calories or less, this blog offers recipes for foods such as lasagna, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, chili, and even double chocolate brownies. So maybe you don’t want to give up sweets completely, but there is a way to cut back and eat smarter.
Here’s an interesting article from Philly.com that I found on how sleep effects our diet just as much as the food we consume. As much as we think fruits and vegetables make for a healthy living, getting enough sleep comes first.