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Diet and Health and Wellness

It is a serious misconception that diet is only related to losing few inches and reaching a desired weight.  Diet is much more than that. Food consumed is the mirror image of our health and wellness.   Diet is all about the quality, composition, portion and interval at which we consume our food.  It has a direct effect on health and wellness.  It is related to nutritional intake or eating habits that influence your body and mind.  A balanced diet completes the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) requirement of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, carbohydrates and fat.  Diet is inter-related to quality of life and its longevity based on health.  Diet has a direct impact on the weight of a person.  Poor diet is responsible for health risk and chronic diseases.  The choices of food determine body’s energy level and youthfulness.

Calorie

Caloric intake is probably the most important aspect of diet.  The caloric intake requirement of a sportsperson differs from that of a computer operator.  Improper and unproportionate diet can impair their performance.  A high calorie food must be consumed by a person who exerts high level of activity and vice versa.  If proper diet is not eaten based on the activities performed, health and wellness will be hampered.

Food for Thought

Whatever you are eating needs serious consideration.  The supermarket is a plethora of food.  You have to choose wisely.  Your stomach is not a trash can, you cannot put in any junk food that could adversely affect your health and wellness.  Include nutritious food that constitutes of vitamin, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, protein and fat .    Avoid food laced with sugar and saturated fat which could be harmful for your health and wellness.  Choose your food thoughtfully.  So, think before you eat.  

Keeping diseases at bay

Diet has been under-estimated.  It is a myth that only bland and tasteless food is considered as healthy diet.  It is only about making the right choices.  Essentially, plant foods are unprocessed food, full of antioxidants.  In fact, rainbow coloured raw food can do wonders to your health and wellness.  Researches have suggested that eating a variety of food helps ensure the intake of an assortment of nutrients and other healthfull substances in food.  They are rich in soluble fiber and have shown to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, decrease the risk of cancer and lessen the severity of diabetes.  Natural diet is the key factor in keeping the diseases at bay.

Eating a healthy diet reflects healthy body and wellness.   The goodness of consuming the right food influences alertness of mind, strength of body, weight control and improves mood.  Healthy diet is all about discipline and habit whereas wellness is about attitude and lifestyle.  Healthy habits not just enrich your life with positivity but also contribute to longevity of life.  The collaboration of healthy eating and healthy habits are the key to wellness.  Together, health and well-being are the central components of quality of life and development which is impossible to reach without a balanced diet.

The article is authored by Dietitian Sheela Seharawat. She is one of the youngest successful entrepreneur of India and founder & chief mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt Ltd.  http://www.dietclinic.co.in .

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