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Eating Right

It is of utmost importance you eat fresh and healthy food because what you eat, reflects on the outside. It is good to be food conscious; eat a balanced diet, healthy snacks like nuts. Food that was cooked fresh, like fresh tomatoes made into stew doesn’t have to stay in the freezer forever or be reheated till the sun is blue. Eating good food is as important as the food being fresh so that you are actually taking in all the nutrients.

When choosing a food item labelled as natural, you have to be careful and understand all the listed ingredients. For instance, a canned tomato paste which claims to be “100% natural” cannot be as safe, healthy and natural as fresh tomatoes. Most wholly natural companies prefer to use the word “organic”. An organic product has not been altered in any way and it is in it’s purest natural form. For instance, an organic pineapple was grown without any fertilizer. While some companies mix natural and chemical substance to get a “natural” product.

It is your right as a consumer to be educated on a product by the producer especially when it comes to health issues. Read the ingredients carefully, don’t be wooed by fancy packaging and nutritional promises. In addition to eating good foods, eating lots of vegetables, exercising, drinking lots of water (warm water) goes a long way. While there is no standard measurement, eight glasses of water is ideal. You may need more or less.
You may not totally avoid all the sweet things but portion is very important (even for good foods). Take little, don’t be carried away and do not do it frequently. Don’t eat food until you are stuffed up and cannot breathe. But try as much as possible to take healthy snacks.

Please do not skip breakfast, whatever you do, make sure you have something to eat within two hours of waking up. Breakfast is very important because, after a light dinner, it gives your body the much-needed energy when you wake up and begin your daily activities. Once in a while, detoxify your body. Detoxification cleanses your body of accumulated toxins from certain foods, environment and the like.

Eating right doesn’t have to be expensive, our local food and fruits that are in season should be utilized. You don’t have to eat imported foods or fruits to eat healthily. Appreciate the ones around you and make good use of it.

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I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

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