We all probably could eat a little bit healthier, but that’s certainly easier said than done. There’s been extensive research on the health risks of processed foods. You know that eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and protein will lead to a longer, healthier life. You’ll not only look your best, but you’ll feel your best.

However, sometimes we need an extra boost to take those first steps. A healthy diet is all about balance. You don’t have to give up the foods you love, but you do need to prioritize making healthy choices. Here are 6 benefits of eating healthy to help you stay motivated.

1. Weight Loss

Of course, the most obvious benefit is that you’ll lose weight. This is often the primary factor for choosing to eat healthy in the first place, but did you know there are unexpected benefits that come along with simply losing weight, as well? It’s true. Being overweight makes you more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. When you lose weight, you’re much less likely to develop these problems.

2. New Foods

When you’re eating healthier, you’re going to welcome new foods into your diet. You never know what you’ll end up falling in love with. From new fruits and vegetables to more obscure superfoods, there’s a whole world out there of natural foods to discover. You might try moringa or another superfood, and happy body formula wrote about it here so you know just what to expect. Yum!

3. Heart Health

Eating a healthy diet is as close to “heart-attack proof” as you can be. In 2017, as many as 92 million people in the U.S. experienced heart problems. Cases are up higher than ever before, and a healthy diet that’s low in trans fat and bad cholesterol will lead to fewer heart attacks and strokes.

4. Spread Healthy Habits

An unexpected benefit of eating healthy is that you’ll spread these habits to those around you. Passing on your healthy lifestyle to your kids, family members, and friends is a great way to ensure your loved ones stick around for a long time. When parents are healthy, their kids are more likely to eat healthy themselves. This is worth everything.

5. Strong Teeth

If your dentist has been urging you to take better care of your teeth, your diet might be to blame. A diet with a lot of calcium and magnesium will help your teeth become stronger and less prone to damage. Similarly, eating fewer sugary foods will keep your teeth from developing too much plaque which leads to cavities and decay.

6. Mood Boost

Finally, eating a healthy diet will help you feel better too. Not only will you have more energy, but you’ll actually experience fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue. When your diet is full of sugar and refined carbohydrates, you’re left feeling sluggish and uncomfortable. If you want to uncloud your mind, eat better.

Live a Happy and Healthy Life

If you want to live better, it’s time to make smarter choices about your diet. Even small steps towards eating healthier will help you feel better, look better, and avoid many of the most common diseases and health problems.

These are just a handful of the benefits you’ll experience if you choose to eat better. It might be a long journey ahead, but it’s well worth it.

This is a guest post written by Ashley Lipman.

6 comments on “6 Benefits of Eating Healthy

Nancy on June 10, 2019 5:02 pm

Inflammation is a big one too. We’ve gone to a more plant based diet and I noticed that within 1 1/2 weeks! More energy, boosted immune system.

Nancy Wolff on June 10, 2019 10:06 pm

Nancy,
I so agree, we’ve been eating the majority of our meals more plant based, I’m loving how I am feeling!

Great list! By choosing organic options or better yet, growing your own, you can also reduce your exposure to carcinogenic chemicals that are so prevalent in our food system today as well. Thank you for sharing this! Glad I came across your site on Simple Homestead blog hop!

Nancy Wolff on June 13, 2019 2:54 pm

Suzan,
I’m all for growing your own and when you can’t at least know where your food is coming from!

Jean | Delightful Repast on June 14, 2019 3:21 pm

Nancy and Ashley, I so agree. I decided several years ago to limit my sugar intake to never more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) in a day, and on many days I have none at all. I’m not willing to waste that sugar allowance on mindless snacking on packaged “treats,” so I rarely eat any desserts I didn’t make myself–which means all organic, no fake fats, no chemicals. Pinning. #PrettyPintastic

Lisa Lombardo on June 18, 2019 6:27 pm

Hi Nancy…good advice! I just read that a study found that eating healthier foods and exercising also reduce the likelihood of dementia as we age.

I’ve always liked fruits, veggies, and whole grains…but I am also reducing my sugar and processed foods now too.

Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

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