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You are, what you eat! By:Jennine A.

Have you heard of the saying, "You are what you eat?"

It's a popular saying that you might've heard as a kid growing up.

A phrase heard often paired with the memory of a parent or teacher encouraging you to eat something unappealing to your palate; offering you vegetables like broccoli, brussell sprouts or even asparagus masquerading as a "healthy" food choice. Although these “delicious” vegetables are in fact, very good for your body, they just didn’t appeal to most kids’ taste buds.

Flash forward to the present day and the saying still has merit. The thought of healthy eating can seem daunting to the average person but once you open your mind to the vast array of delicious AND nutritious foods at your convenience, healthy food choices will come to you at the snap of a finger.

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean going on fad diets for months at a time or even going to the gym and drinking the mystery protein smoothie at the juice bar. It's a decision you make every minute of the day to fuel your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to have for optimum performance and eventually a long, physically fit and prosperous life.

An excellent way to eating better is to evaluate the way we look at nutrition. Find out what foods we enjoy eating and why. What may work for you may not necessarily work for someone else. So get personal with your inner self to find out what kind of relationship you have when it comes to food? Ask yourself these questions and explore your answers. Do I eat because I'm bored? Do I eat when I'm hungry? Do I eat until I'm satisfied? Do I eat even when I'm full? Do I eat because I'm sad? Do I eat when I'm happy? These are just a few queries that you may contemplate so that you can begin to analyze your personal association with food. Focus on what you want to get out of your every meal. Start being intentional about your thoughts so you can truly understand the who, what, where, why and how of your overall health.

Keep in the forefront of your mind that food is fuel. Some people equate the human body to that of a car. If you perform regular tune-ups and fill it up with premium fuel and keep it clean, you could say that you're giving your car excellent service for maximum superior performance. You wouldn't put regular gas in a BMW, would you? The same comparison can be said for our bodies. If you eat your fruits and veggies, drink lots of water and get enough rest, your body will be in peak form for optimum performance. The more nutritious the food you eat the better the performance of your body. You literally are what you eat.

An important component of healthy eating is getting to know more about the food you eat. Watching documentaries on the food industry can be quite eye opening. Learning about farming and the agricultural industry can educate you on the benefits of eating certain foods over others.

All in all, deciding what you eat and why you eat is more than just choosing an item off of a menu. It's a thoughtful decision that affects the physical and mental health of each and every one of us.

Healthy Eating for Teen Queens

By: Jennine A. ( @j9ambrose )

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