Healthy eat­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SYEDA AI­MAN ASIF

Healthy eat­ing is not about strict di­etary lim­i­ta­tions, stay­ing un­re­al­is­ti­cally thin, or de­priv­ing your­self of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feel­ing great, hav­ing more en­ergy, im­prov­ing your out­look and sta­bi­liz­ing your mood. If you feel over­whelmed by all the con­flict­ing nutri­tion and diet ad­vice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for ev­ery ex­pert who tells you a cer­tain food is good for you, you’ll find an­other say­ing ex­actly the op­po­site. You can stay healthy, by eat­ing healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.

“In­stead of em­pha­siz­ing one nu­tri­ent, we need to move to food-based rec­om­men­da­tions. What we eat should be whole, min­i­mally pro­cessed, nu­tri­tious food – the food that is in many cases as close to its nat­u­ral form as pos­si­ble.” –Dar­iush Mozaf­far­ian, Dean of the Fried­man School of Nutri­tion, Tufts Uni­ver­sity.

Eat­ing more fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, cook­ing meals at home and re­duc­ing your in­take of sugar and re­fined car­bo­hy­drates, on the other hand, may help to im­prove mood and lower your risk for men­tal health prob­lems. If you have al­ready been di­ag­nosed with a men­tal health prob­lem, eat­ing well can even help to man­age your symp­toms and re­gain con­trol of your life. — Karachi

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