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We all have heard that “we are what we eat.” That is certainly true, and it is also true that how we eat contributes to what we are. That’s why Jerry’s Kitchen makes such strong commitment to offering healthy fare on our Philadelphia food truck menus.
It is vital to develop healthy eating habits as soon as you can in order to ensure ongoing health and wellbeing, as well as avoid unwanted issues. Here are some easy things that you should consider doing (if you are not already doing them).
Eat Your Vegetables: The benefits of vegetables are almost too numerous to count. Among their vital qualities: they are packed with fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients, which enable good digestion, weight control, and healthy organs.
Limit Your Sugar Intake: Sugar can be dangerous in unhealthy doses, and can lead to challenging eating and health issues (like sugar addiction and diabetes). Do what you can to skip soda (all soda, diet included). Eat sugary snacks and desserts only in moderation.
Eliminate Processed Foods: No surprise here. Processed food, as well as fast food, is usually high in fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates, which contribute to poor digestion and weight gain. As we age, they can also lead to more serious health issues. Best to kick the habit while you are young, but it’s never too late to change and enjoy the health benefits.
Drink Lots and Lots of Water (and Lots of Water!): There is no substitute for drinking lots of water, which has multiple benefits for your body. Staying properly hydrated with water (eight glasses a day or more) supports proper kidney function, improves the appearance of your skin, and energizes tired muscles—to name just a few. Always have a glass at your side, and a refillable bottle with you for when you are on the move.
Eat Breakfast: Breakfast is rightly considered the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy morning meal will jumpstart your metabolism and help with weight management. Research shows that the people who most successfully lose weight eat breakfast. Experts agree that people who tend to struggle with overeating fail to eat enough during the first part of the day. So, always eat your breakfast (and no, a cup of coffee alone does not count).
Eat Small and Often: Small, frequent meals are the way to go, because they tend to reduce the stress levels in our bodies that drive us to eat. Eating regularly throughout the day will also reduce the temptation to indulge in food binging.
Proper dietary habits are critical for physical health. But their full benefit also requires other healthy practices, like regular exercise, a good sleep regimen, no smoking, and moderate alcohol intake. In short, a healthy body needs a healthy lifestyle.