“Let food be thy medicine and thy food medicine.”
This widely known quote is attributed to Hippocrates – the father of modern day medicine. While it sounds paradoxical, some critics have even dismissed it; it has important content to think about. The essence of it is that the foods you eat can have both immediate and long-term effects on your health.
For example; eating high sugar foods (high glycemic) raises your blood sugar fast. This in turn leads to a sudden spike of insulin. If this process is repeated over many times for long enough the body tissues will respond to insulin poorly and may increase the riskof developing type 2 diabetes. Other foods also increase risk of obesity and its associated disorders such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis among many other health issues.
Healthy eating habits defined
Healthy eating habits that promote good health include:
- Right amounts of foods from all the classes of food groups
- It is a lifestyle that is followed throughout and not just for a while
- It involves different types of foods under the main classes of foods because no one type of food is exactly the same as another even in the same group
- People with specific types of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or high cholesterol needs modified eating habits as guided by a qualified health dietary professional.
How to improve your eating habits
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC offers 3 easy to follow steps in the healthy eating habits journey. These are:
- Assess how you are currently eating. This includes what you consider to be good or bad eating habits.
- Remove any bad eating habits from your current eating plan.
- Continue with your good old or adapted new eating habits.
An important part of healthy eating habits is to consume the right quantities of the right foods at the right time. To help you with this, the resource here will help you to overcome the constant struggle many people go through in their efforts to start and maintain healthy eating habits.