Healthy cooking is something that many of us feels that we should be doing more but find hard with the temptation of our favorite chocolate / crisps / sweets in the house for us to munch on at any point in the day.
Others feel that it is a pursuit which is pointless and disgusting, calling health foods 'rabbit food' and ignoring the benefits which healthy eating can have for us.
This is a growing problem in the west and particularly in the United States, where almost a third of the adult population is overweight. Much of this is down to the collapse of home cooking and the advent of the age of the Mac Donalds restaurant and the Starbucks cafe, but is an issue which could be reversed.
The fully extent of the benefits of healthy eating can never be fully understood due to the massively complex nature of the human body, but it stands as a general rule that people who eat healthily are more likely to live a long life, are less likely to have illnesses such as cancer, strokes and heart disease, and live happier and more prosperous lives. The link between healthy eating and exercise is clear also.
For those who want to exercise but do not eat healthily, heed this warning; effective and long periods of exercise are nearly impossible on a diet of sugary and fatty goods, as they give the human body fits and starts of sugar which cannot be effectively used by the human body in exercising. Healthy eating is the basis of any sort of weight loss or muscle building plan and therefore it would be wise to do some research, ask a doctor or consult a nutrionist before embarking on any major change in your lifestyle.
Having talked about what the benefits of healthy eating are, it would probably be best to address the matter of what healthy eating actually includes and what the body needs to function completely effectively. Vitamins and minerals are vital to any effective diet and although extreme amounts can do harm to the body, as a rule of thumb, the more you can consume the better. These are available through fruit and vegetables. Fibre should also form a large part of the diet and this will mean eating wholemeal breads and rice's as well as potatoes. Many of these foods include carbohydrates which slowly release energy, rather than sugar.
These two groups should take up a large part of the diet and other foods such as dairy, sugar and fat kept to a minimum, with only small portions of meat being eaten a day. All of the latter types of foods are packed into our diets and even one small portion of sugar or fat a day can be more than enough, as the average adult body only needs around 2000-2500 calories to carry on as normal. Following this basic guide you should be well on your way to starting a new and improved healthy lifestyle!