It is not uncommon to hear people mention that they want to become healthier and  change their eating habits. However – despite the effort many people want to make to become healthier eaters- the fact that the mere definition of “eating healthy” is not so straightforward puts a halt on their project. On today’s article, I want to write a little bit about what eating healthy actually means, what the facts about healthy eating are and what healthy eating is not. My intention is that -after reading this article – you will have a much better idea of how you have to change your eating habits to become healthier and what you shouldn’t do to follow this path.

First of all, let us talk about what eating healthy actually is. When you eat, the chemicals that make up your food go through your body, giving you the energy and materials necessary for you to live. Eating healthy simply means that you are eating all the chemicals your body needs and that you are not eating any substances that may be hazardous to your body. Having a healthy diet implies that you are fulfilling all your body’s nutritional needs -in the right quantities- without the consumption of substances that may be bad for your body.  So eating healthy simply means that you are eating what your body needs, in the proportion that your body needs it.

Healthy eating is not about giving up on all processed and sugary foods and eating only organic and natural products.  Eating healthy  is about finding balance and fulfilling your body’s needs. Certainly, very easy changes to your diet may just be what you need to start a healthier living. For example, most people in developed countries who eat sugary and fatty diets filled with processed foods may get a huge health boost just from consuming more plain water and water rich foods (like fresh fruits and vegetables).

Cutting down on those foods that are harmful to your body and increasing those that fulfill your nutritional needs is the key to healthy eating habits. However eliminating things completely from your diet is often not necessary. For example, if you like coffee you shouldn’t give up on it or if you like doughnuts you shouldn’t stop eating them. Having moderation and finding a true balance between what you are eating and what you need is what will finally bring you to a healthier diet without making you unhappy or miserable.

Certainly many people eat unhealthy and don’t make any changes merely because they think that – if I am eating unhealthy, then I might just go all the way- when in reality just introducing moderation and adding a few food products that will give your body what it desperately craves for will make a huge difference.

In the end, healthy eating is not about extremes. It is not about giving up all the “unhealthy” food you love and filling your cabinets with groceries from the local natural product store. Healthy eating is about finding balance and giving your body what it needs while not giving up on the things that you want. As you evolve towards the introduction of healthier food products you will notice that you will decrease your craves for more unhealthy foods and in the end you will reduce their consumption to what it should have been in the first place.

So now that you know that healthy eating is more about finding balance and taking care of your body and less about doing insane restrictions on your calorie intake or food sources it is time to start down this path. Hopefully by making small changes – as I have also highlighted in other articles – you will be able to acquire better eating habits that will help you become a happier and healthier person.