When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, moderation really is key. However, achieving moderation can be easier said than done. When it comes to most foods and beverages, there are pretty grey boundaries between how much is acceptable and encouraged and how much is problematic and discouraged. But not to worry. We’re here to help! Here’s a little advice regarding a few types of substances you should be actively monitoring your consumption of, alongside some advice on how to increase or decrease your intake!
Fruit is healthy. It provides us with many of the essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies require to function properly. However, you shouldn’t solely rely on fruit to get your recommended five a day. You should ensure to incorporate some vegetables into your diet too! The more variety the better. Vegetables also don’t contain quite so much sugar as fruit, so combining fruit and veg can have a better impact on your teeth!
Of course, there are rare circumstances where a small and occasional alcoholic beverage can be good for you. Studies have shown that red wine is more beneficial for you than any other alcoholic drink and is high in antioxidants. However, generally speaking, alcohol is bad for you. Drinking excessively (binge drinking) or too regularly (alcoholism) can result in alcohol dependency, cirrhosis of the liver, obesity, cancer, type two diabetes, and heart disease. Alcohol poisoning can even prove immediately fatal. So, it’s best to keep drinking to moderate amounts at an occasional social event, or to simply have one glass of wine at the most with your evening meal. If you feel that you are struggling to let go of alcohol, you should seek professional medical advice. Doctors will be able to assess your situation and set you off in the right direction towards reducing your alcohol intake. They might sign you up for Hypnotherapy for Alcohol, encourage you to join support groups, and provide other forms of therapy that can help you to feel comfortable without the help of alcohol.
Fast food can be a great option from time to time. It’s fast, it’s convenient, and it’s generally cheap. So, if you’re out and about, feeling hungry, and want to grab something immediately rather than having to head home and cook, it can really fill a void. But make sure not to make a habit of this. Keep it as a one-off from time to time. Fast food tends to have low nutritional value and can contain excessive levels of saturated fats, salt, and sugar. It might fill you up and leave you feeling temporarily satisfied, but it’s not going to do your body any good in the long run!
As you can see, you don’t necessarily have to completely cut the things you enjoy out of your diet. You just have to make sure that you’re not consuming too much of them if they’re bad for your overall health and wellbeing!