What Does ‘Eating Healthy’ Actually Mean?

“I’m going to start eating healthy.”

We hear this phrase a lot. Maybe you’ve said it recently yourself. Eating healthy is a common goal that many of us have when it comes to improving our life and our nutrition.

But what does “eating healthy” actually mean?

For some people, eating “healthy” may mean adding a salad to their dinner of fried chicken and fries. For others, eating “healthy” could mean that they only go through McDonald’s three times per week instead of four.

While both of these changes would be a step in the right direction toward a healthier lifestyle overall, there are more ways to start eating healthier in your everyday life.

Easy Tips To Start Eating Healthier

  • One Step At A Time – If you eat an unhealthy diet right now, it’s going to be very difficult to immediately switch to a fully healthy diet. Take it one step at a time. Implement a healthy change in your diet once per week. After a couple of months, you will have made some major progress.
  • Stick To Your Grocery List – You know the old saying,

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Eating Highly Processed Foods May Cause Memory Loss

A new study out of The Ohio State University has found that a diet heavy in highly processed foods (or “ultra-processed”) may be linked to memory loss issues, which can eventually progress to an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Of course, a diet full of highly processed foods has also been linked to other health issues, specifically obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. 

What’s most concerning is that 70% of the average American diet is highly processed foods and almost all of the added sugar that Americans eat comes from those foods.

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Go Ahead And Pass The Salt: Your Body Actually Needs It

During the holiday season, there’s no doubt that you’ll hear, “pass the salt,” at least once or twice at the dinner table. The world loves salt, and since 70% of the U.S. diet consists of processed foods that are full of it, the average person is definitely consuming more than the recommended daily intake.

On average, most people already consume nearly one-and-a-half times the recommended daily amount of salt each day, and oftentimes we continue to pile it on our plates,

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Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency and a Worldwide Health Crisis

If you consider yourself a healthy eater, let me tell you this: you’re one of the few in this country.

Micronutrient deficiency affects over two billion people worldwide, and in the United States specifically, over 30% of people are deficient in at least one vitamin. This is, in major part, due to our diet; energy-rich but nutrient-poor foods now comprise over one-fourth of the standard American’s diet, and while people are increasingly exceeding their daily calorie allowance,

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The Amount of Sugar We Consume Is Hurting Our Mental Health

America has a sugar problem.

Most of us will admit that we tend to have a sweet tooth from time to time, but when you actually look at the statistics surrounding sugar consumption in this country, the numbers are pretty jaw-dropping; the average American consumes over 70 grams of added sugar per day, which is well above the recommended maximum (38 grams for men and 25 grams for women and children).

The trends aren’t getting any better, either.

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Your Child’s Brain Will Thank You For More Fruits & Veggies

As we enter into the holiday season, people all over the country will count their blessings and be mindful of what they’re thankful for during Thanksgiving. The holidays also bring along with it delicious treats and excess eating, but that’s a topic to discuss another time.

Today we’re talking about the youth of the nation and their eating habits. As we recently discussed on the Truehope blog, the American diet is broken, with less than 3 percent of Americans living what is considered a “healthy lifestyle.” And,

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Nutrient Supplements Are Even More Important For Diabetics

Every time the 14th of November rolls around, World Diabetes Day does as well, giving us yet another sad reminder of just how many lives that the disease is affecting worldwide. In the United States alone, there are nearly 27 million diabetics with an estimated 7 million more currently undiagnosed. 

That total of over 34 million Americans equals right around 13% of the total population. In other words, for each of your ten friends and family members, at least one of them is diabetic (on average). 

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The American Diet Is Even Worse Than You May Think

It’s a stereotype that we often hear, but it’s also very true: Americans aren’t a very healthy group of people. Over one in three people in the United States are considered obese, and there are only eleven countries in the world that have a higher percentage of obese adults than the USA.

What’s even more shocking (and I use that term loosely) is that a new study was recently published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings that found that less than 3 percent of Americans live a “healthy lifestyle.”

The standard American day has become one that is built on speed and convenience.

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Feeling Higher Levels of Anxiety? It’s Time To Check Your Gut

If you’re feeling more anxious lately, you’re not alone. Reported symptoms of anxiety and depression rose over 5 percent during the 2020 pandemic, and it’s estimated that nearly one in  three adults in the U.S. will experience some sort of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. 

With those numbers, not many people will be too surprised to note an increase in pharmaceutical prescriptions as well; anti-anxiety drugs along with antidepressants have seen a significant increase in prescription rates over the last year,

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Your Body Needs These 6 Nutrients & Here’s How To Get Them

By definition, the word essential means absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, though, the world thinks of nutrients, even those deemed essential, as optional.

From money spent to time invested, the food receiving the majority of attention and consumption are those laden with fat, sodium, sugar, and so many preservatives that experts find a hard time calling much of what the U.S. eats food.

Decode “Essential” Nutrition, One Essential Nutrient at a Time

There are six essential nutrients that your body can’t make in the quantity it needs.

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