The Importance of Eating Healthy

The chocolate cake seems to be staring you in the face, and you can’t help but feel your glands begin to salivate as you wish for nothing more than a slice. You try and restrain yourself – and even rationalize – by saying, “One bite won’t hurt.” In a matter of moments though you find yourself chowing down on a slice that was meant for two and regretting it later on as you wish for nothing more than to turn back time. We’ve all been there, but no matter the scenario, the most important thing is how you respond – or react – to what has taken place.

In turn, you can either be so upset, and full of guilt, to the point where you vow to never try again, or you can get back up, start fresh, and begin pursuing the goals that you’ve already set for yourself. But what is the motivation behind eating healthy, and how can it benefit those of us when we begin to embark on such a journey? The fact of the matter is that healthy eating doesn’t just consist of exercising and expecting to see results, because little will come if one continues to eat in the way that they have been, especially if they are eating junk food – and/or things that are of little nutritional value.

As a result, good nutrition is as much a part of a healthy lifestyle as exercise is, and when both are combined the benefits are endless. Fortunately, “combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.” Consequently, one might wonder why it is that he/she is unable to reach his/her goals, but the results that they are looking for may be a reflection of what they are eating.

In conclusion, there are two things that one should always consider when he/she makes changes to his/her diet. First, the proportion, and second, the food. For example, if you’re eating the right amount of food in terms of proportion then it may not be about how you’re eating, but what you’re eating. If it’s vice versa, and you’re getting the necessary nutrients that you need for the day then it may not be about what you’re eating, but how much you’re eating because you may be eating more food than what you’re burning off. These two factors can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle, and be of help when one begins to implement changes to his/her diet.

The Importance of Getting Active

We all know the importance of getting a decent amount of exercise throughout the week, yet even so, many fail to do so. Some may knowingly neglect – or reject – the task because working out doesn’t fall on the top of their to-do list. For others, it may simply be something that they don’t want to do due to a lack of enjoyment. But no matter what the reason might be for failing to engage in physical activities, knowing the benefits behind such can serve as the perfect motivation for one to get out there in active pursuit of strengthening his/her body for the better.

In fact, exercise doesn’t always have to involve the things that you don’t like. It can even involve all the things that you do. In other words, the options are limitless which means that there’s always an opportunity to engage your body physically and benefit your mind mentally. Some examples of what you can do if you aren’t big on traditional forms of exercise are going on a nice stroll in the park, frisbee, bowling. You can even go as far as engaging in interactive games that force you to get up and move like Wii sport, dance dance revolution, among many others.

Exercise, however, isn’t a pointless endeavor; it serves a purpose by aiding in your ability to live a long and healthy life for many years to come. Not only does it strengthen your heart, muscles, and reduce fat among many other things, but it also helps get rid of stress, while allowing one to stay energized for a longer amount of time. This helps one so that they don’t have to feel chronic fatigue on a daily basis, but can fight against that by keeping both their body and mind in good condition.

In conclusion, the importance of being active serves as a preventative measure that many of us need. This is especially true because it can “reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.” Over time, these risks are drastically reduced as one begins to make exercise a permanent part of his/her lifestyle and continues to stick with it for years to come. In doing so, many will find themselves in a place that they would never imagine themselves being in, that could come through nothing other than making changes to how they take care of themselves.

The Eight Categories of Wellness

Oftentimes, people make the mistake of not realizing just how complex the concept of wellness really is. For some may be knowledgeable of a few out of the eight, but not the full amount. As a result, they end up missing out on crucial points that can impact their overall health should they choose to recognize them and learn what each one means.

Each one may affect one’s health differently, depending on how he/she is doing in that one category, as one category may be weaker than the other and vice versa. That’s why it’s important to know what each category means so that each individual is able to better relate it to their lives, by figuring out how it applies to them. In turn, the eight categories are as follows; “financial, intellectual, occupational, social, physical, environmental, spiritual, and emotional.”

First and foremost is financial wellness which is defined as “a feeling of satisfaction about your financial situation.” Second is intellectual wellness which is “when you recognize your unique talents to be creative and you seek out ways to use your knowledge and skills.” The third is occupational wellness which is defined as “a sense of satisfaction with your choice of work.” Fourth is social wellness which is “a sense of connectedness and belonging.”

Fifth is physical wellness which is “affected by physical activity, healthy nutrition, and adequate sleep.” Sixth is environmental wellness which is “related to the surroundings you occupy.” Seventh is spiritual wellness which is “related to your values and beliefs that help you find meaning and purpose in your life” Eight is emotional wellness which is “an ability to cope effectively with life and build satisfying relationships with others.”

In terms of finance, this can cause a lot of people to become ill if they aren’t careful about managing their money and the stress that comes with it. This can then overlap with emotional wellness because it can cause one to begin to feel anxious, which can even go as far as affecting one’s physical wellness depending on their emotional response – and/or emotional wellness. In addition to this, social wellness, intellectual wellness, occupational wellness, and environmental wellness can all overlap as well.

You may feel as though your intellect/talents are overlooked while at work which can cause problems for both your occupational wellness and intellectual wellness. This can also cause environmental wellness and social wellness to overlap if you feel disregarded by certain people at your job which can make you feel as though you’re in a hostile – and/or uncomfortable – environment. Fortunately, paying attention to all eight of these categories can impact one’s life for the better by helping them take notice of what he/she needs to change.

Health VS Health & Wellness

When one thinks of wellness, he/she normally thinks of the state in which their body is in, whether that be physical, mental, emotional, etc. In turn, wellness itself “refers to not just physical health but emotional, spiritual, and social issues also.” In other words, it covers the overall health of a person, instead of just narrowing in on one specific area, and/or part, of that person’s being. In contrast, health and wellness “generally refers to promoting good health and reducing the risk of disease with a holistic approach.” This also considers a wide range of factors that stray away from just the physical. The biggest difference, however, between the two stems from the fact that one takes a more preventive measure by “promoting good health”, while the other refers to the issues themselves.

As a result, there are eight dimensions of wellness that help us to get a better understanding of what wellness is, in addition to the kind of topics that it focuses on. This helps us to not only narrow in but to see just how big a part that wellness plays in each and every area of our lives. These eight categories are listed as follows; “financial, intellectual, occupational, social, physical, environmental, spiritual, and emotional.” When individuals focus on each of these, it can have a major influence in a person’s overall health. But the disadvantage takes place when the individual focuses on one since that leaves room for other categories to go astray. That’s why it’s important to have a balance between all eight and be able to recognize which areas are beginning to falter so that necessary changes can be made; this is where health and wellness come in.

Health and wellness focuses more on implementing the necessary steps and/or putting forth the right amount of action towards each category. In other words, one can’t just expect change to take place on its own. Instead, they have to be ready and willing to put forth the effort; doing so brings about a plethora of health benefits. One example of this can be seen when one adds beneficial nutrients to their diet, all while making sure it’s well balanced, and full of the right foods – to help aid in healthy digestion. In turn, health is “a state of being” while wellness is “a state of living a healthy lifestyle.” As a result, when you put the two together, you aren’t just focusing on the state at which your body is already in, or the kind of lifestyle that you’re living; instead, you’re focused on both, making for a happier and healthier you, that you not only recognize but actively pursue.