We’ve long advocated the benefits of healthy eating. Our menus, made from scratch everyday, help us live this food philosophy every single day. But did you know, healthy eating not only has a positive effect on well being and general health, but also has several unseen benefits
Eating foods rich in complex carbs produce Serotonin, a mood enhancer. Serotonin also helps stabilise sleep patterns – very critical to maintaining good health & moods. It is secreted in the body by consumption of foods rich in tryptophan that can be found in eggs, yogurt etc. Healthy eating includes not only healthy food, but also healthy habits – eating regularly avoids spikes in blood sugar levels helps eliminate mood swings associated with hunger.
Omega 3 fatty acids in fish like Salmon help with an improvement in alertness. Anti oxidant rich foods like tomatoes, leafy greens help prevent cell damage – particularly brain cells which means a sharper mind. Drinking plenty of water also helps with improved productivity – brain is about 70% water and keeping the brain cells hydrated improve its functioning.
Healthy eating in a diet with complex carbs like whole grains and lean meats and fish helps stabilize blood sugar. It reduces the urge to snack between meals and this definitely helps with slimmer waistlines! Fibre rich foods like beans, olives, legumes are also great additions to the diet for reducing cravings
Our diet can play a large role in making your stress levels go up or down. Food has a physical impact on our body in terms of nutritional value and an emotional impact which triggers associations and a feeling of comfort. Healthy food helps with the physical impact by giving the body all the nutrients it needs. Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce spikes in stress hormones like cortisol. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system against these stress hormones.
Foods with high water content are great hydrators which help keep skin moisturised. Fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes contain betacarotene; kale, spinach and papaya contain lutein – both powerful antioxidants which help fight cell damage in skin and promote normal cell development leading to even toned healthy skin. Foods rich in Vitamin E, such as hazelnuts, avocados etc. help reduce oxidative cell damage in skin
Healthy smiles are not all about strong teeth but also about preventing gum disease and bad breath. Yogurt help reduce cavity causing bacteria in mouth and are a great source of calcium for strong bone and teeth. Fibre rich foods like carrots, apples, celery help clear out any food particles stuck in the mouth, reducing risk of cavities.
June 12-16th was National Healthy Eating Week and we tweaked our menus to include large salads, lean meats and proteins with dressings on the side – all to promote healthy eating for a healthy body!!
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