We all want to be as healthy as we can possibly be. After all, the healthier you are, the fuller and more enjoyable a life you’re likely to be able to lead. You don’t want your health to inhibit you in any way, shape or form. Some areas of our life that impact our health are often easier to control than others. Diet is just one of them. Making wise dietary choices can really help you to live your life as best possible. So, here are a few pieces of information that can help you to make the right dietary decisions!
Understanding that Diet Is Just One Aspect of Your Health
Of course, your diet is just one aspect of your health and wellbeing. So, before we jump into this, it’s important to note that you need to make sure you take care of all aspects of your health and wellbeing to get the most out of life. Sure, dietary changes can really help, but you should also look into:
- Exercise – you should be getting one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, or seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise each week.
- Dental health – you need to take care of your teeth. Brush them twice a day, floss and use mouthwash. Visit your dentist once every six months for a checkup.
- Eye health – you should have an eye test once every two years. If necessary, you will need to invest in contact lenses or glasses to correct your vision.
- Auditory health – if you notice any problems with your hearing, check in with an audiologist who will be able to diagnose any problems and help you with buying hearing aids if necessary.
Managing Your Calorie Intake
Calories are essentially a unit of measurement for the energy that different foods provide us with. You need to make sure that you’re eating the right amount of calories each day to stay healthy and in shape. Too many calories and you could become overweight or obese. Too few calories and your body won’t have sufficient energy to function properly. There are different recommended calorie intakes that apply to people of different ages, sexes and lifestyles, so it can feel difficult to know how many calories you should be consuming. However, the list below should help to clear up any doubt:
- Children aged 2 to 8 – 1000 to 1400 calories
- Girls aged 9 to 13 – 1400 to 1600 calories
- Boys aged 9 to 13 – 1600 to 2000 calories
- Active women aged 14 to 30 – 2400 calories
- Sedentary women aged 14 to 30 – 1800 to 2000 calories
- Active men aged 14 to 30 – 2800 to 3200 calories
- Sedentary men aged 14 to 30 – 2000 to 2600 calories
- Active adults over 30 – 2000 to 3000 calories
- Sedentary adults over 30 – 1600 to 2400 calories
Covering All of the Food Groups
Your diet should also contain the right amounts of food from each food group. This includes carbohydrates, protein, sources of calcium, healthy fats, fruit and vegetables. Hitting the right balance here is key to a good diet!
As you can see, there’s a lot to bear in mind when it comes to managing a healthy lifestyle. But hopefully, some of the information provided above will help you to achieve your health goals!Hi I'm glad your here! I love to cook, bake and try new recipes. I enjoy food photography and reviewing products. Hope you enjoy my recipes, thanks for visiting! Sheila