S.E.W. What? is a blog series focusing on School Employee Wellness (S.E.W.), because hands down, employees are a school’s most important resource. No matter what your role, it is essential that you take care of yourself. You’re not the only one who will benefit from caring for yourself – the students and the entire school community will too.
There are numerous reasons for wanting to eat healthy. The well-known ones are weight loss and all around general health, but the advantages to eating healthy go beyond that.
No matter what motivates you, here are 10 reasons why you should sneak a few more nutrient-packed foods into your diet:
- You can be more productive
Eating a healthy diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work. Eating certain healthy foods like fatty fish and leafy green veggies may also help prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- You’ll be happier
What we eat impacts our brain. Eating healthy food like bananas and small amounts of dark chocolate can be a booster to our mood. But the key is to eat mindfully – be aware of what you’re eating and why, allowing yourself to slow down and enjoy it.
- You will reduce your stress
Eating certain healthy foods, like protein-rich foods, have the ability to moderate our body’s level of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. And, other healthy foods have so many different benefits for our brains and bodies when it comes to stress – learn more!
- You can save money
Eating healthy can contribute to potential savings. Because you will be healthier, you should have fewer medical bills and ailments. And, by snacking on things like apples and broccoli instead of candy or chips, you are getting more nutritional value bang for your buck!
- You’ll be healthier
This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Eat healthy to be healthier. By doing so you can lower your risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
- You’ll control your weight
Simple healthy choices like choosing water over soda, can help you lose weight and control your appetite.
- You will start to think healthy food tastes better
Healthy food can taste delicious if it’s prepared well. And, the more healthy foods that you eat, the more you’ll crave them and turn away from junk foods.
- You’ll age better
Eating fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect and improve your skin. And, those fatty fish and leafy greens help your brain stay healthy, as we mentioned before.
- You will eat less
Quality trumps quantity when eating. Fresh foods contain fewer low-nutrient calories that the body can burn through quickly. You’ll fill up faster and gain more energy from eating healthy!
It’s safe to say that all of the above benefits compound to help you put more years in your life, with more life in your years! And, fast food has the opposite effects on your body.
So, be sure to try and eat healthy to maximize your overall health. Start small if it seems daunting – gradually add in healthy foods and cooking at home, and increase as time goes on. If you’re already eating healthy – good for you! Keep it up, and feel free to share some advice with us on how you do it.