My Guide to Eating Right
A lot of people confuse the ideologies of what is considered healthy to eat. While every person is significantly different, we can all come to the same conclusions at some point when it comes to a healthy diet. What makes a healthy diet?
,In all actuality, diet and eating right is huge for those in the aviation field. Other careers also require a healthy mindset with healthy habits. Eating healthy is nothing short of important. It is always so important to remember that what you do now will impact your future. I recently had an experience that taught me that our current actions will impact futures more than we think. It is very daunting to think about, but in the long run it is true. Science still remains one of my favorite subjects in school besides English. I remember learning about Newton's law in the eighth grade. I have always loved the idea of this: "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Not only does this apply to driving, flying, walking, and so forth, but it also can reflect life as a whole. Maybe if we take this into a little bit of a different perspective: "for every action there is an equal and opposite consequence." Newton did not just have a phenomenal understanding of the world of physics, but rather, I think he had a big understanding of life.
Maybe the future is not in our reach -yet. While that is true, we can start small now, so living a strong, healthy, and happy life will be in that future. A lot of times eating healthy has one of the most negative stigmas that are not true. What may come to mind? Here are some examples that I could brainstorm about this concept:
1) Eating healthy must involve salads for every meal.
2) Easting a balanced diet has too much restrictions.
3) Maybe if I tried eating healthy for one day, then I am good.
4) I cannot change my habits because it is too hard.
5) There is no such thing as eating healthy for me because it is impractical.
If someone was to ask me about eating healthy five years ago, then I would most likely say one of these five points that I mentioned. May is the month of motivation for me because a lot usually happens around May. One of these 'events' so to speak is the anniversary of when I quit eating chocolate. Sure, this may seem very irrational and maybe even a little drastic. Again, life is always impacted by the choices we make. There is a reason behind why I quit eating chocolate, cocoa products, and cocoa by products. I would get really bad migraines, stomach aches, and so much more. Really it was making my life so miserable. I thought about my long term health and long term life. Did I want to live a comfortable life? Did I enjoy the migraines? Was the pain worth the short lasted sweet fix? What was going on internally? All of these became a worry. The migraines go very scary as I did not know what was happening inside my body. I finally came to the point where enough was enough. I cut out all chocolate, cocoa products, and cocoa byproducts. I can confidently say that this has been going strong for five years this May. I am proud of coming this far. Cutting out something so simple completely did a 360 on my health. I will never eat chocolate or a product of chocolate again. I rarely consume sugary desserts and candy as well.
With that being said, eating healthy can look very different for people. Now of course there are those essential nutrients. Both micro and macronutrients are highly necessary to move forward with a healthy life. There are several tests that can be done to determine what is lacking. What are some nutrients?
1) Vitamine K
2) Vitamine B12
4) Vitamine D
5) Vitamine E
7) Vitamine C
While those are only a few examples, there are so many more than what is listed here. When looking at a balanced and healthy diet someone needs to take into consideration fat, vitamin, mineral, water, carbohydrate, and protein intake. Having enough nutrients will help in overall health and function. I have been able to see firsthand at what these good habits can do. Eating right can really turn a life around -trust me.
Choosing what is right for you needs to happen when looking at the bigger picture. What will my future look like? What do I want? What are my goals? Making the choice to start now, will sure impact you and your future. Whether that is something as simple as choosing more vegetables, eating less sugar, or even having salad twice a week, then those are sure to aid in a healthy future. The smallest efforts and changes now will make the biggest payout 20, 40, 60, and even 80 years down the road. So maybe, just maybe, you will be stronger than ever before.
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My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.