Top Benefits of Eating Healthy: Ideas that go Beyond the Ordinary

There are numerous reasons for wanting to eat a healthy and balanced diet.  The well-known ones are weight loss and all around general health, but the advantages to eating healthy go beyond that. 

Did you know that a healthy diet can actually improve your income?  You can also improve your odds for leading a long life if you can recognize the importance of eating healthy foods.  But if you want more proof, then here are some of the top benefits of eating healthy which could encourage you to change your unhealthy eating habits.

1.  Healthy eating is an effective weight loss solution! You can lose as much as 20 pounds after several weeks of following a good healthy diet.  You need not also starve yourself or take medication.  If you stick to healthy foods, you can eat and still lose weight.

2.  Healthy eating is your all in one pharmacy on a plate!  This is because you can effectively fight and prevent diseases if you eat healthy foods.  It is a known fact that most diseases today are caused by an unhealthy diet.  Whether it is because the quantity of fat and calories leads to obesity, the lack of nutrients needed for a strong and healthy immune system, or the amount of chemicals and trans fats that are included in processed foods, UNhealthy eating can lead to major health problems.

3.  Healthy eating can increase your energy levels!  You can become more productive and socially active if you will only stick to healthy foods.  Whole foods are best because they are unrefined and processed. The more processed a food is, the less nutrients it will have. If you can eat whole vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, your body will thank you by feeling good and energized throughout the day.

4.  Healthy eating can make you look younger and fresher!  You need not seek the fountain of youth anymore.  All you have to do is to eat better to keep younger looking skin.  Healthy foods promote good cell growth and can eliminate harmful free radicals and toxins in your body.  Because of this, your skin will regain its natural glow and suppleness. Along with eating healthy, drink healthy too. Stay hydrated with nonsugared drinks, or drink water!

5.  Eating healthy foods is also your best solution against obesity!  If your body is plagued with unsightly cellulite or belly fat, you can eat more healthy to eliminate the bulges on your belly, buttocks, and legs.  Many times weight gain is tied to stress, eating healthy can actually help you deal with stress better because you will physically FEEL better. When this happens and your stress levels drop, you can see weight loss begin to happen even if you are not counting carbs or calories.

6. Healthy eating can increase your productivity at work. The advantage to achieving and maintaining good health usually begins with a plan.  This plan will include a diet that suits your needs and includes exercise and balanced nutrition.  Once you have mastered the day-to-day requirements of your regimen, you will notice that you seem to be able to get more things done.  Your job can seem to be easier because you have more energy.  This will lead to increased productivity at work and these days people at the top will notice someone who is escalating their skill set and producing more.  This can lead to promotions and bonuses that a sedentary lifestyle and diet just don’t offer.

7. Better eating means a longer, more fulfilled life! One of the other distinct advantages to a healthy diet and lifestyle is the fact that you can be more productive for longer periods of time.  Not only can you fit more into your day, you will also add years to your productive life.  Whereas someone with high blood pressure and diabetes will have to retire for health reasons, you can keep being productive for years to come.  Or you can enjoy retirement as a healthy and vibrant individual instead of sitting on the sidelines in your golden years.

8. Eating healthy can turn you into a goals -setter! The key to this is the making of a list.  To begin with, you will have to make a list of the things you need to do to get healthy.  Your list will include fixing a balanced breakfast and perhaps taking supplements that will contribute to your overall health. Next will be a list of workouts that you need to conquer every week.  Three trips to the gym each week with increasing weight and aerobic repetitions will soon start to show results.

There are several positive aspects that come with making a list and sticking to it.  As you cross things off your to-do list you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will enhance your feeling of well-being.  This positive outlook will carry over into your professional life.  Instead of being the downer at work, you will turn into the person who confronts problems with an attitude of resolve.

9. Eating healthy just may lead to a promotion! It is also common practice for successful people to live by their lists.  This habit that you started for your health will carry over to your professional life.  This can give you the ability to prioritize your tasks to optimize your productivity.  Instead of racing to finish a project just before deadline, imagine the feeling of self-worth when you turn it in early.  This will not go unnoticed by your superiors, and you may just get that promotion.

10.  Eating healthy can reduce your health care costs! The benefits of a healthy lifestyle also include the cost of health care.  The premiums you pay for coverage are likely rising and will probably continue to do so.  By improving your health you are making a down payment on lower health care costs in the future.  Getting in shape and eating correctly will improve your blood pressure and decrease the chances of life-altering illnesses in the future.  You will save money by not needing medication, and the further benefit is you won’t lose time at work due to illnesses that beset those with bad diets.  Eating healthy keeps you away from the doctor and rising co-pays.  This is truly a win-win system.

11. Healthy eating enables you to better handle stress! Stress can take its toll on your health.  That is a fact.  However, by eating right and taking care of yourself, you can reduce that stress to a manageable level and increase your productivity and enjoyment of life.  Whether your goal is to play with your great-grandchildren or live the rest of your life traveling the world, the choices you make now will determine what comes later.  By making a list of healthy priorities and sticking to it, you can earn more, live better and live longer.  Your increased productivity now will pay off huge dividends when the time comes to decide how you want to live the rest of your life.

The list can go on if you want but these are the top benefits of eating healthy.  You can improve the over all quality of your life simply by eating healthy foods.

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17 comments… add one

  • Edmond Anglin Nov 28, 2011, 9:06 pm

    The correct grammar to use is eating HEALTHFUL foods. The word healthy is used to describe a person. Things like food and exercise are healthful. Healthful food and a healthy person.

  • Edmond Anglin Nov 28, 2011, 9:06 pm

    You should change the whole website.

  • April Nov 28, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Very interesting, thank you. With all due respect, I have no intention on changing my site when most people who visit my site are searching for the term “healthy foods”, not “healthful foods”. Maybe it butchers the English language, but I have a feeling that based off the data from Google my usage of “healthy” is really not offending too many people. ““Healthy food” has 3,590,000 Google hits, “healthful food” has 99,300 — a 36:1 ratio.” …. I found this from the site Motivated Grammar….and a very informative article, at least for me.

  • April Nov 28, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Seriously, you do not need to visit my site if it offends you! :) Feel free to start your own site about how to correctly use the English language and link back to mine as a poor example!

  • Katie Dec 7, 2011, 2:21 pm

    I do not find it offensive at all and I found this site by googling, “benefits of healthful eating”. So it really works both ways. Good luck to you and your site April.

  • Carole Jan 15, 2012, 8:00 pm

    Is he serious? Just delete that.

    On number 10 – Healthy eating definitely reduces your health care costs. I would change that 😉

    I have a friend that just had 2 blood tests. The total with Doctors, lab fees and all that was $11,000. Sick is very expensive, and certainly no fun.

  • timothy Apr 4, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I like everything in your website it is very helpful and I used some good information from your website for my research paper. thank you keep it up.

  • Franny Jul 21, 2012, 10:00 am

    What an informative site! I am in poor health , probably due to the large amount of presciption drugs that are meant to “make me feel better”, I am currently taking.I started gaining weight almost immediately after I started taking one in particular, and kept increasing as the drugs did. This site is going into my “favorites” , so I can refer to it often. Thanks for doing all the work for people like me.

  • Sheadorah Jul 21, 2012, 5:00 pm

    I believe in the Benefits of the website …just awaiting #9. Thank you, it’s great.

  • Sheadorah Jul 21, 2012, 5:11 pm

    I like the website. It contains powerful information and I use it for everyday living. Thank you!

  • Beau Aug 5, 2012, 4:53 am

    Thank you very kindly for this post. i have learnt a lot from it and is very motivating. thanks April.

  • Mario Wilson Oct 16, 2012, 10:42 am

    great article April. I think more people need to hear the positives of eating healthy instead of the negatives eating unhealthy.

  • Dlyan Mar 3, 2013, 10:39 am

    Thanks for the information, I loved your website. Who cares what everyone else says, it’s awesome! So informative and helpful. I have to do a report on this and it helped me so much!!!

    Thank You!!!!!!

  • Nick Mar 3, 2013, 11:24 pm

    This article was very helpful in writing a paper. Thanks April

  • Anthony Apr 15, 2013, 6:38 am

    April, you would think with 11 fantastic points for why we should eat healthy that there are SO many people who are overweight or clinically obese – 27% in America!!

    So many health problems can be avoided by changing a few items each week and look at the benefits…

    Is it too easy to eat junk food? or do people really just not care?


  • Michelle Apr 16, 2013, 9:15 am

    As a medical professional this website is great. Being overweight plays havoc with the self esteem. There are not enough positives around healthy eating and you have done an awesome job of getting the positives out. Thanks

  • Edet Apr 20, 2015, 2:01 pm

    I came across this site while looking for content for my presentation on healthy eating. This is a great article. Thank you.

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