Being healthy is always touted as the route to happiness and wellbeing and it should be aimed for at all stages of life. Being healthy does bring about a lot of positives and is really worth the effort – but how do you know you are healthy? No, stepping on the scales isn’t the solution.
Here are a few points on how to measure if you are indeed healthy. Firstly, we are all unique and therefore should really listen to our own selves when figuring out if we have reached our health targets and whether we are happy with the result.
This might be an obvious one but is very important. Do you feel sluggish or drained? Your blood sugar might be to blame. Make sure to eat regularly, 3 meals a day and 2 balanced snacks in between. Opt to space these meals regularly throughout the day to avoid drops in energy and blood sugar levels. Another good question to ask yourself is: do you eat enough complex carbs?
Carbs you might ask. Yes, carbs. As low carb diets have become trendy and touted as the sure-fire way to lose weight, many skip this incredibly important component of a healthy diet – our brains and bodies use carbs as the main and preferred source of fuel and therefore supplying it regularly is essential. Not to mention the fibre you get from this undervalued food group.
The important thing to take away from this is the word complex carbs, not just the carbs. Including things such as brown rice, wholegrain bread and wholegrain pasta can in fact improve your energy levels and not zap them. Note, if you eat simple carbs such as sugar-laden foods, be sure to recognise the difference in how you feel.
Are you able to sleep well during the night? If not, are there things that you could change in your current lifestyle and daily choices that would improve that? If you are minimising sleep time because you find it difficult to snooze off at night, try to refocus and remind yourself that good sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
What you can do to improve your sleep is to consider a few bedtime related factors, here’s some tips for you:
Try to stick to regular bedtimes and wake up times (support your body’s natural circadian rhythm).
Try to control your exposure to light, very little light in the evening and bright lights first thing in the morning.
Try to squeeze in some daily activity, even a 10min walk outside can help your sleep.
Be smart about what and when you eat and drink. Remember, caffeine can affect you for up to 12 hours and big meals can keep your body working over-time, which can deter sleep.
Your mood is very closely linked to how healthy you are eating and how balanced your body is, this in turn means if you are in a good mood, it can mean you are in good health.
Our brains need key nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids to work properly and our bodies need a balance of carbohydrates and protein, along with fat to keep us functioning at our best – which in turn influences our mood. So in summary, don’t let your blood sugars drop by eating complex carbs along with quality protein and some plant based oils.
So whenever you find yourself wondering how healthy you really are, stop and evaluate your energy levels, your sleep and your mood, before stepping on the scales to determine your health status.
And if you would like to find out just how healthy your diet is, email email@example.com to get started on your Food Diary and receive detailed analysis report with improvement suggestions. This will allow you to know exactly where you stand with your diet and get guidance on the possible necessary adjustments to optimise your nutrition and energy balance.