Just like a car needs fuel, your body needs a healthy diet in order to run smoothly and lead a good quality of life. A balanced, healthy diet along with an active lifestyle will not only make you look and feel your best, but will also provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to function daily! Starting healthy eating in your teenage years is especially important since it often ensures that you carry these dietary habits into your adulthood, which will not only make you more productive, but also help in preventing many potential life-threatening diseases. Did you know what you eat has an impact on your brain, including the parts that affect your mood?
Follow these tips for a healthy body:
Don’t skip breakfast: It’s common, especially among teenagers to skip breakfast. This habit can prove to be harmful to your health in the long run because the first meal of the day provides your brain with all the essential energy to focus better throughout the day. Breakfast is not called the most important meal of the day without any reason. It kick-starts your metabolism, which in turn helps you burn calories throughout the day.
Get involved in grocery shopping: Going grocery shopping with family will not only lend them a helping hand, but it will make it easier for you to plan your budget for food in the future. Once you start shopping for groceries, you will learn to compare between different brands and look out for genuine discounts and learn what kind of foods are in season. This way you can also learn to try out simple recipes and prepare healthy meals once you are in college, so that you can avoid eating out as much as possible.
Have dinner with family: When you eat at least one meal of the day (ideally dinner) with your family, you are more likely to eat healthy. Having meals with your loved ones also gives you a chance to deepen your bond with your family members and talk to them about your day.
Maintain hygiene: Even it sounds like an obvious thing for teenagers to follow and you would have taught them good hygiene habits when they were toddlers, you might have to keep giving them gentle reminders (to brush their teeth twice a day or taking a bath daily) while they grow up. May times, teenagers tend to feel lazy and let go of a routine, they learnt as kids. Explain to them how they can become prone to infections and diseases if they fail to practice good hygiene every day.
Ask for help: Do not hesitate to ask for help, if you are constantly feeling anxious and stressed out. If you are being bullied at school, talk to your parents about it. If you do not want to talk to your parents, speak to a teacher or counselor at school. Find an adult you can trust. If you’re thinking about harming yourself, get help right away.
Exercise regularly: Whether it is playing a sport, going for dance classes or going to the gym, make sure than you involve teenagers in some kind of physical activity on a regular basis. By staying physically active, teenagers not only feel good about themselves, but it can considerably help elevate their mood and reduce the risk of stress, depression and other mental health issues.