You Are What You Eat


Alina Truong, Staff Writer

All carbohydrates and all fat make you fat.

 You need to go out and buy juices and pills to cleanse your body and detox.

 You should start counting your calories.

 There’s one golden diet over all of the others.

 These are all fat lies.

 Eating healthy is an important component in the balance of staying fit; moderation is key. It’s impossible for you to out-exercise a bad diet, because it will eventually catch up to you. Your diet also affects your mental and emotional health.

 “Studies have linked red and processed meats, packaged meals, takeout food, and sugary snacks—with higher rates of depression, stress, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Eating an unhealthy diet may even play a role in the development of mental health disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia, or in the increased risk of suicide in young people,” said Help Guide.

 Do: Research ingredients if they sound peculiar.

 If you can’t pronounce or picture them, you shouldn’t eat it. They may be chemicals, preservatives, or additives that aren’t necessary to the food itself. Let’s hope that you don’t recognize ingredients like azodicarbonamide, propyl gallate. Maybe it’s also common sense to steer clear of silicone dioxide, which is used in coffee creamer, dried soups and insect repellent!

 Do: Focus on how you feel after what you ate in a meal.

 Do: Eat smaller, proper portions and take your time to stop when you’re full. No food is off-limits, but try to keep your treats to a rare occasion, maybe once every few days if you’re first starting out, until you can survive for longer periods without them.

 Do: Make sure to eat a satisfying breakfast to jump-start your day!

Do: Cook and prepare your own food.

Do: Incorporate more fruits and vegetables, healthy carbs, whole grains and starches onto your plate.

Greens don’t just include lettuce. Branch out to other forms of these leaves. Kale, mustard greens, broccoli, and Chinese cabbage are all packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K, which all do wonders for your body.

Do: Add healthy, natural sweetness to your meals with vegetables like corn, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, onions, and squash.

Do: Eat fruit and gain fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Berries are cancer-fighting, apples provide fiber, oranges and mangos offer vitamin C, but there are so many more limitless, exotic options that you can try.

Do: Eat good carbs like whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables (unprocessed foods).

Do: Eat good fats to nourish your brain, heart, cells, hair, skin, and nails. Look for the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Do: Get proper amounts of calcium, which strengthens bones and teeth. If you are calcium-deficient, you may suffer from osteoporosis later. Good sources of calcium include dairy, vegetables and greens, and beans.

Protein comes in many different forms, but not all of them are going to benefit you.

Do: Eat fish, chicken, or plant-based protein such as beans, nuts, and soy.

Don’t: Obsess too much over the number of calories; it’s the nutrients that count!

 Don’t: Starve yourself and eat late at night. Otherwise, you may be more likely to eat way over how full you actually are.

 Don’t: Be fooled by added sugars hidden in bread, cereals, pasta sauce, margarine, frozen dinners, fast food, and any other fancy terms that sugar goes by – totalling up to empty calories.

 Don’t: Eat bad, refined carbs like white flour, refined sugar, and white rice.

 Don’t: Consume bad saturated fats (red meat and whole dairy) and trans fat in artifical foods.


 Don’t: Eat pastries, cakes, pizza, cookies and chips.

 If you’re overwhelmed with all of these new choices to consider, here’s one that shouldn’t be a challenge at all:

 Do: Drink water. It washes out any toxins in your body. If you go without water (which wouldn’t be wise since the human body is made of 55 to 60 percent water), you’ll dehydrate, causing fatigue, low energy, and headaches. Thirst is also often mistaken for water, so keep a bottle at bay to sip on when you’re feeling depleted of your natural resources.

 A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter. You’ll see that many of the aspects in your life will improve and you’ll be on the steady path to even more achievements. The next time you reach for that second or tenth guilty pleasure, maybe you’ll think twice. If you’re consistent with your healthy choices, you might just win the “Nobelly” prize.