Did you know that you can improve your mood, mental abilities, and productivity simply by paying attention to what you put into your body. “In 2016, researchers found that diets with a high glycemic load may trigger increased symptoms of depression and fatigue. A diet with a high glycemic load includes many refined carbohydrates, such as those found in soft drinks, cakes, white bread, and biscuits,” wrote Medical News Today. Now, for me cake is 100% my guilty pleasure. Not just any kind of cake though, my favorite is vanilla cake topped with cheap store bought icing, yum… But as I’ve gotten older and my body just cannot handle eating like that anyone.

You may feel the same. Do you just feel gross and tired after a night of eating bad food? I know I sure do, and not only do I feel the physical effects but I feel the mental affects as well. I notice when I eat better and workout consistently I am a lot happier, mostly because I feel more energized. When I eat bad for a period of time, I tend to get really sluggish and tired. For a long time I struggled with eating healthy because for me it was too hard to stick to a routine. I would start a diet on a Monday, and by the following week I most likely broke it. But eating shouldn’t be about going on a fad diet, it should be a self-discovery journey as you work to create a healthy relationship with food.

But where to begin? There are so many different ways to get started, whether you incorporate more vegetables into your diet, or simply start by drinking more water. Healthy eating is easy after you get started and stick to it. Avoiding processed foods is one of the best ways to begin to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. The easiest way I have learned to stay away from processed food while grocery shopping is by sticking to “shopping the outside aisles.” Think about it this way, around the perimeter of a grocery store you have your fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, etc… and in the middle aisles pretty much everything is processed in cereals, pastas, and more. There are so many resources out there to help you begin your healthy eating journey, you just have to take the leap.

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