Balancing never comes easy; whether it be your checkbook, your love live or even your food groups. Fortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture provides Americans with a gold standard called MyPlate-a handy guide for a well-balanced diet.

While some days you might feel like reaching for a second donut at work, it’s important to realize that balancing the right nutrients in your body will pay off more than the donut will.

When the going gets tough, remember the expression “you are what you eat”. Respect your body and try to energize yourself with the fuel that your body really needs. You’ll begin to reap the benefits days from now, months from now and even years from now. So don’t give up, you’re doing your future-self a favor.

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Fight Disease with Ease

Chronic diseases take a heavy toll on health. Diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and lung disease are crushing our healthcare system. Fortunately, there is a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle while reducing the risk of chronic diseases. It involves taking care of your body and being aware of what you put into it.

People who consume a balanced diet experience less type 2 diabetes, a variety of cancers, metabolic disease, and the number one killer in the US- heart disease. A healthy lifestyle is about more than just longevity, it’s about a better quality of life as you age.

Strive to be the active elderly couple in those TV commercials. Or at least strive to be healthier than you were yesterday. It all makes a difference.

Emerging Energy

Are you struggling to find enough hours in the day to get things done? Life may never slow down-but taking care of yourself will speed you up. Consuming healthy, nutrient packed meals will provide you with enough fuel to power up your day.

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Making small changes to your eating behavior will start a domino effect of good choices. You might find yourself meeting deadlines. You might even find more time to be active. And being active will make your days more fulfilling. A fulfilling life is the main ingredient for being a happier person! And everyone could use a handful of happiness.

Bigger, Better, Bones

Getting what your body needs is essential right down to your fundamental structure. Bone mass peaks at some point in your twenties. So, it is essential to eat well and exercise in order to maximize your peak bone mass.

However, there is no remedy to aging. As you get older you lose some of that bone mass. Balancing your meals can help maintain a solid bone density which can prolong the event of a bone fracture. Hip fractures are a common health condition that can have a major impact later on in life.

Now is the only time you have to develop your bones. Potato chips and ice cream aren’t going to do the job. Instead, bake some kale chips and add it to that salmon recipe you’ve been dying to try. A well-balanced meal will be there to support you no matter what.

Cook for Your Looks

Everyone wants to look good. You want to look good now and you want to look good when you’re older. There is no better way to stay as good looking as you are than to keep your body healthy. Eating a balance of nutrients will not only cure your current acne but it can minimize your future wrinkles.

While clear skin may appear in a few days, a more shapely body will come in a few months. Listen to your body’s internal hunger and satiety cues. Eat the right foods when you’re hungry and try not to snack when you’re full. That’s the simple secret for staying slim.

Some days are tough. That doesn’t make it a failure. A well-balanced diet can be delicious and nutritious. It’s all about knowing what to make. Make a pact with yourself to stick to well balanced meals involving a variety of flavors, textures and colors. And remember to keep everything in moderation. What you’ll do today will have you thanking yourself tomorrow.
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Sources:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/#Evidence-that-Following-the-Healthy-Eating-Pyramid-and-Healthy-Eating-Plate-Lowers-Disease-Risk

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm#StrengthenBonesMuscle

http://nof.org/foods

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