Vegetables, healthy food for your body

 

Until I was about 25 years old, I didn’t really care that much about what I was eating. I just ate what I thought had a good taste. I didn’t think about how the body works or if the food was healthy or not. It was first when I realized that I didn’t feel well, that I started to reflect on this. I tried to follow a diet, but I couldn’t follow through for very long and go back to my old habits. One diet after the other and none helped me. I gained weight again, felt tired and unwell in my body. Finally, I had enough and thought I have to learn how the body and mind works. I started to read books about this topic, loads of books.

If we know how the body and mind works it’s easier to understand why we should choose healthy food for our body instead of fast food. Yes, if we know why, it also makes more sense to us to choose to live healthy in general.

 

So why does our body need food/nutrients?

 

  • Food is a source of energy and helps to keep a constant body temperature.
  • The organism can’t manufacture certain nutrients itself.
  • It needs the essential nutrients for health and growth.
  • For mental and physical development, most important for infants and children.
  • For cell regeneration and tissue renewal.
  • For the immune defense.
  • To enable regeneration and repair processes in the body.

 

 

Following Nutrients are our Most Important Energy Sources:

 

CARBOHYDRATES – Food for your Brain

 

Examples of healthy carbohydrates:

Vegetables and berries; healthy carbohydrates

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Salad
  • Grain
  • Legumes

 

Examples of “empty” carbohydrates, which we should eat as rarely as possible:

  • Sugar
  • Sweets & chocolates
  • Cookies and cakes
  • Lemonades
  • Processed Juices

 

 

PROTEIN – an Essential Repair- and Building Material for our Body.

 

Examples of proteins:

Eggs and milk products are proteins

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Milk products
  • Soy
  • Legumes

 

 

Healthy FATS are Vital for the Body Functions.

 

Examples of healthy fats:

Avocados contain healthy fats

  • Vegetable oils
  • Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Olives
  • Avocado

 

Examples of fats, which we should eat as rarely as possible:

  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bacon

 

 

Following Nutritions/Agents are also a Vital Necessity for our Body:

 

Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C

 

Vitamins

Minerals

Trace elements

 

Without these agents, nothing works. As a comparison thinks of an electric light bulb, only electricity can make the light bulb shine. The agents are catalysts, which starts the processes in our body.

 

 

The most Important Nutrition of all is WATER,

without water no life on earth.

 

Water, the most healthy nutrient of all More detailed information about the essential nutrients will be a subject in coming blogs.

Now, all this information may seem hard to translate into action. Therefore, I recommend implementing just one small change at a time.

Following tip is a good and quite easy step to start with: Habit Changer: Water

 

 


Enjoy your life, happy & healthy! 


 

Happy, if you leave a comment below.
If you have any questions  I’d be more than pleased to answer them.

 

10 Thoughts on “Healthy Food for Your Body”

  • Hi Pernilla, I just want to thank you for your work here about why we need to start to change our lives and eat healthy whole foods.It is no secret that our food that we eat today is compromised by the depletion of the earth and it is getting harder and harder to maintain a healthy life still.

    More and more people are turning back to mother earth to find a balance. Through herbs, essential oils, exercise, home gardening. There are many websites on the subject and it can become frustrating to find your own balance because we are not all made of the same cloth.

    What good for one is not necessarily good for another our bodies are a God given gift and its capacity to heal itself is incredible. But we need to eliminate toxic build up in our bodies so that we will have the ability to ward off diseases like diabetes, dementia, Alzheimers, coronary heart problems. high blood pressure that our world is known pledged with.

    How do we do this? It all starts will one’s self. and the determination to work on our well being and find our balance it’s a hard road but very necessary and your plan to take it step by step is a very positive road to take.

    Three very important things that you mentioned is trace minerals, digestive enzymes, and water every thing starts in the gut. These three elements are essential for our health.

    Thank you, Pernilla for the very important work that you are doing. much regards Linda

    • Hello Linda,

      Thank you so much for visiting my website once again. I’m so happy to receive another very valuable comment from you. It is very true that we need to find the balance in our lives, a balanced diet and a balance between work and leisure. If we can learn to live healthier in general, our body can better heal itself and prevent us getting ill and even overcome severe diseases like diabetes, alzheimers and heart and coronary diseases.

      My aim is to reach out to people who wants to start to live a healthier life, in order to prevent getting ill and to prolong their healthy lifespan. With my informative blogs and recommendations I hope to motivate other people to take this step.

      Linda, I’m very much looking forward to further inputs. If you have any questions on the subject healthy living, please do contact me, I would be more than pleased if I can help you.

      Wish you a happy & healthy life!

      Pernilla

  • Hello Pernilla,
    I like the way you open your post by using a personal experience that identifies with a lot of people. Besides, when we grew up we had no much choice as most food was provided for us.

    I agree with you on diets. Isn’t it sad that these diets and quick weight loss plans are not sustainable? Besides, some of these are lacking in certain nutrients hence, not balanced.

    Lifestyle has a big influence in our dieting habits. Naturally we choose our food based on taste, cost, convenience and gratification and in the middle of all this, we forget that we eat so that our body cells can grow, repair and have energy.

    Talking about nutrients make me think and ask myself if dietary supplements are necessary? Are they really?

    I look forward to more of your interesting posts on nutrition.
    Kind regards,
    Benjamin

    • Hello Benjamin,

      I appreciate your comment very much. It shows that you are aware of how important it is to eat healthy food. It is true, mostly a weight loss diet is not well balanced. Essential nutrients often are lacking. You may lose weight but in an unhealthy way. When you finish following the diet, you soon gain weight again. Therefore, I recommend to not force weight loss by following a strict diet, but instead change the eating habits step by step. The advantage is that you won’t feel a ravenous hunger, which usually makes people cease following the diet.

      Concerning your question, I can say that in general there is no need for dietary supplements like vitamin pills or minerals if you eat fruits and vegetables each day. There are though people of need for dietary supplements, like for example pregnant women, malnourished people and people who suffers from a chronical disease. These persons are highly recommended to consult a medical doctor first.

      What I do recommend are daily natural supplements like for example coconut oil, chia seeds, goji berries – food with a high grade of proteins and vitamins which you can easily integrate in your normal daily meals. I will write a detailed article about this topic in following blogs.

      I would be more than happy to greet you at my site again. If you have any other question about health issues, I would be very happy to help.

      Wish you a happy & healthy life!

      Pernilla

  • Hello Pernilla,
    Thank you very much for your response to my comment. When I grew up as a little boy, my dad used to say to me, “eat my son, food is the best medicine.” That is not far from the truth but of course it depends what type of food we eat. We mostly had whole foods and I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to eat healthy food.

    I totally agree with your observation that once you finish following the diet, the weight soon come back on. What’s more? You even gain a lot more weight than before you started the diet.

    I go by your recommendation of changing eating habits step by step. Forcing weight loss by following strict diets is unhealthy and can cause many problems such as malnutrition. Besides, diets do not address the cause of being overweight.

    I acknowledge your clarification on dietary supplements. Indeed, supplements are just supplements and they can never replace healthy food such as fruits and vegetables. Yes, you made a very important note on how dietary supplements are a necessity for various reasons, especially on medical grounds.

    Your endorsement of having daily natural supplements of food with a high grade of proteins and vitamins make a lot of sense to me. This is a brilliant recommendation because you further mention that these can be easily integrated in normal daily meals. Unlike strict diets which are often expensive.

    I look forward to reading more of your articles on this interesting and important subject area. You have motivated me. I encourage you to reach out to more people and motivate them to start living a healthier and happy life.

    To a happy and healthier life.
    Kind regards
    Benjamin

    • Hello again Benjamin!

      I’m very happy to hear that you find my recommendations useful. It motivates me to pursue my aim helping people to a healthier life.

      Here a wise quote from the Greek Physician Hippocrates, referred to be the ‘Father of Modern Medicine’: “Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine thy Food.” So your father did the right thing to tell you as a child that food is the best medicine when we choose the right sort of foods.

      You are more than welcome to visit my website for further information and recommendations. If I can be to any help, you’ll find me here at easystepsforhealthyliving.com.

      Kind regards
      Pernilla

  • Hello Pernilla,

    Great post, and I loved how you highlighted the importance of Carbohydrates, all dieters think that carbohydrates is the enemy to their weight loss progress, while in fact, carbohydrates are the main fuel for our body cells and brains, we can’t survive without them.
    I enjoyed reading your post.

    • Hello Rawan,

      I appreciate your comment, thank you so much. It’s good to hear that you confirm the statement that carbohydrates are very important for our body. You are perfectly right, diets which excludes carbohydrates are not healthy. The body needs a balanced diet, otherwise it won’t be able to function properly, it won’t be able to regenerate and our immune system will get weakened. We must though, choose healthy sources of carbohydrates, like for example the ones I mentioned in the post above, and preferable unprocessed carbohydrates. The brain prefers the easy energy from the carbohydrates and loves it in form of glucose (simple sugar), it just want the most comfortable way. But don’t let us get tricked by our own brain and let’s instead choose the long-chained carbohydrates. These fill you up for longer and prevents you from getting a sudden and ravenous hunger in between the meals.

      I’d love to hear from you again. If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate contacting me.

      I wish you a happy & healthy life,
      Pernilla

  • Hello, Pernilla!

    I have to admit that I am guilty of falling for food which tastes good, like chocolate, and other yummy stuff, and I don’t really take much notice of health food as such.

    On a good note, I’m not overweight, well, perhaps by a couple of Kg, which isn’t really all that bad after all. On another good note, I would like to lose those extra couple of Kg, and take more notice of the really brilliant advice found on your blog.

    It’s not easy though, but I’m the kind of person that if I make up my mind about something, one way or another, I manage to obtain what I want. So, for the next few weeks, I’ll keep your blog in mind, along with all the wonderful information you have about nuts, and about drinking more water, as well as eating more fruit, and see where I go from there.

    Many thanks for taking the time to write such lovely and informative posts. I have to say that they are real eye-openers, and certainly worth following!

    James

    • Hello James!

      I’m so happy to receive another comment from you. A couple of Kg overweight is not that dangerous for your health. Having 10 Kg overweight and more, then it starts to get critical for your body. Most important is that we are living a balanced life. We should not exaggerate in anything we do. If we eat healthy all in all, then we may very well enjoy a piece of chocolate, a dessert, and a small glass of wine on special occasions, but better not every day. For staying healthy, we also have to think about getting enough sleep, avoiding stress and having time to relax.

      It is difficult to change habits we have had for years. In order to be able to follow your intentions, I do recommend you to change one habit after the other or combine two small habit changes. Some habits are more difficult to change and therefore it needs more time to change those. I suggest you replace half of the chocolate you eat with nuts and fruit. One day you can eat a piece of chocolate and a handful of nuts as a snack, another day you can eat a fruit and a piece of chocolate, and the next day you can eat nuts and fruit as a snack in between.

      Hope my answer was helful to you. If you have any questions or need some more tips, please contact me again.

      Pernilla

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