Reasons to Improve Your Diet

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31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Improve Your Diet

I’ve come a long way from the teenage days when a Coke and a Snickers bar was my morning snack. Neither my teeth nor my waistline can handle such a diet these days. But, “eat better” has been on my to do list for years. I think we’ve made some progress as a family, especially in the last month. Our “fast food” has been limited, our whole grains increased, and our fresh produce has been plentiful. We still have a ways to go before we’ve arrived, but I think we’re on the right train, going in the right direction.

Today Mandi at Organizing Your Way is sharing tips for how you can improve your diet in the new year. I want to offer some rationale for why you should make such a goal a priority.

  1. You will feel better. You may not think that you feel bad, but chances are that if you increased some of the good foods and reduced some of the bad foods, your overall sense of well-being would be improved.
  2. You will lose weight. Generally speaking, an improvement in diet helps us be more aware of our food choices and as a result, helps us curb overeating. Healthier food choices also tend to help us lose fat and build muscle.
  3. Your teeth will thank you. I assume that part of your “improved diet” would be a reduction in sodas and other sugary foods. You know the drill, these contribute to teeth decay which can be painful and expensive to remedy. An improved diet can help your overall dental health — just don’t forget to brush and floss!
  4. You will look better. Maybe you won’t lose 50 pounds, but eating a diet rich in whole grains, fresh produce and other good stuff will contribute to better skin tone. 
  5. You will feel more satisfied. Sure, they say that the Snickers bar will do that, but truly, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains will do more for you than sugar-laden empty calories.

While there is no guarantee that you will live longer if you improve your diet, I feel confident that you will live better.

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