Updated: Nov 15, 2020
The behavioural change promotes health through changes in lifestyle that are appropriate to people’s life. The assumption is that, before people can change their lifestyle, they must first understand basic facts about a particular health issue, adopt key attitudes, learn a set of skills and be given access to appropriate services. The simple logic is that some behaviour leads to ill-health, and so persuading people directly to change their behaviour must be the most efficient and effective way to reduce illness. Among all the changes for a healthy lifestyle, Food is one of the major tools. Dietary changes promote health if practised consistently.
People often say healthier foods are expensive and that strongly limits better diet habits. But, until now, the scientific evidence for this idea has not been systematically evaluated, nor have the actual differences in cost been characterized. Food that has high energy density are inexpensive, good tasting and convenient. Long term usage of such foods will lead to Obesity, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Diabetes Mellitus and other metabolic disorders. In contrast, more nutrient-dense food is cost-effective and also leads to better health.
Eating raw is one of the most popular adapted diet habit nowadays as it is packed in nutrients, low in calories and rich in fibres. Food should always be consumed in a compatible combination because the process of digestion is as valuable as the food what we eat. Consuming raw and cooked meal together is not an ideal combination. So, raw food should be eaten at least 30 min prior to cooked food or should be eaten alone.
Hydration needs vary for individuals just like the basic nutrients and calories. Amount of water depends on your daily physical activity level and the temperature of the area where you live. Keeping your body hydrated is a tool for a healthy lifestyle but a person needs to learn to recognize thirst and drink accordingly.
Eating more seasonal and local foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, is one of the dietary changes proposed to achieve a more sustainable diet. Freshly produced food is often associated with locally produced food, better quality and also as per annual cultural events. When you eat seasonally, your dependence upon local produce and local farmer’s increases thereby supporting them. At the same time, the need for transportation, refrigeration, and hothouses comes down making seasonal foods environment friendly. Seasonal or freshly produced foods are rich in nutrients and an implication of eating seasonal food also has an effect on the different elements of sustainability (i.e. health, economics, society).
Eating a healthy diet that includes a variety of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, with an emphasis on vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils keeps your energy level high.
Different kind of foods will convert into energy with different rates such as candy or refined sugar will give a sudden surge in energy and lift you up quickly whereas whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you'll need to draw on throughout the day.
Modifiable diet behaviours contributed to surging in mortality rate and prevalence of metabolic disorders. People should choose small, attainable goals to change their diets, such as reducing the frequency of desserts or soda intake or increasing daily fruit and vegetable consumption. The goals given by physician should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely to see the difference in the health status of an individual.
"स्वास्थ्य अवलम्बना से स्वावलम्बना "
"Self Reliance through Self Health Reliance "
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