With so many diet trends constantly coming out, it’s easy to get confused on how to eat healthy. It took me a long time to figure out how to have a healthy balanced diet.
I struggled with disordered eating for such a long time. It breaks my heart to think about other girls who might be going through the same thing I did. I was constantly looking for a new diet to help me lose weight and often would feel guilty about foods I ate and would try to skip multiple meals in a row to make up for it. I was on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows and felt like there was no end in sight. I was so unhappy and unhealthy and felt like there was no one I could turn to for help. Anyone with any type of eating disorder, big or small, should get help. It’s not worth it to suffer when there are so many people out there that can help you.
Years ago I was watching a food documentary with my husband and it’s like a light went off in my head. The documentary talked about cancer rates and how they correlate with our food choices. A diet rich in vegetables can decrease your chance of cancer and disease drastically. I realized I no longer wanted to be on a diet. I wanted to feel strong and healthy. When I changed my way of thinking from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be healthy and strong, it helped me so much to stay on track with my health goals.
And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man — every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving. Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly; and it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine. All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life… All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine… Nevertheless, wheat for man. ~ Doctrine and Covenants 89:10-14, 16-17
The medical community widely accepts that a diet low in fat, with limited amounts of high protein foods like meats, and high in complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is a healthier way to eat and is associated with longer life and lower incidences of disease.
It’s so easy to get confused with so many fad diets today. When you get confused on how to eat healthy, use the scriptures as your guide and even pray for help. Many fad diets promote the opposite of the Word of Wisdom, including diets high in meat and fat. Research has shown that the recommendations in Doctrine and Covenants 89 are a healthy way to eat. It’s so important to eat a balanced healthy diet. There will always be a popular diet out, but just know that this is not the answer to a healthy life. Your body is a gift from God and you should treat it as a temple, which means fueling it with the best healthy foods you can.
Tips for a Healthy Balanced Diet
- Plan ahead. Make healthy snacks or meals at the beginning of the week to make healthy eating easier.
- Eat a variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Eat real, unprocessed food. If you can’t recognize the ingredients on a package, don’t eat it.
- Try to eat a meatless dinner at least once or twice one week.
- Aim for eating five servings of vegetables per day and try to include them with every meal.
- Drink enough water (at least half your weight in ounces per day). Water is so important for the body to function well.
Guest Post by Samantha Miller
Samantha has her degree in exercise and wellness from BYU and is a mother of two young children. She is currently working on getting her master’s degree in nutrition. You can follow along on her Instagram account @samanthamwellness or Facebook page for healthy recipes and nutrition tips.