The last thing most of us want to hear is someone harping on us about how we eat. As a teenager, all I wanted to eat was candy bars, pizza, and Frosted Mini-Wheats. As teens, we kind of know we won’t be able to eat poorly—seemingly unscathed—forever, so why not take advantage of it? While living for the moment is arguably one of the best perks of being a young adult, adolescence is also the time when we begin to examine our future. We are starting to make college plans and decide what we want our adult lives to look like. We should do the same with our health. Good nutrition influences adolescent and teen growth.
Your Macros should look something like this:
- Protein— 30% of your diet: Meat, Cheese, Nuts, Eggs, Seeds, Beans, Legumes, Mushrooms, etc.
- Carbohydrates— 45% of your diet: Whole Fruits and Veggies, Whole Grains, Starches, Root Veggies, etc.
- Healthy Fats— 25% of your diet: Cold Water Fish, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Flax Oil, Chia, Hemp, Raw Butter, Ghee
#1. Eating Healthy Gives You Confidenceand a Sense of Accomplishment
‘When we get something we want—a promotion, an ice cream cone, or a kiss from a loved one—our brain releases dopamine. This chemical is often known as the “feel-good” neurotransmitter because it does just that—it makes us feel good. It’s possible to manipulate your dopamine levels by setting small goals and then accomplishing them.’
#2. Taking Responsibility for Your Body Develops Maturity and a Sense of Independence
#3. One Healthy Habit… Leads to More Healthy Habits
#4. Positive Vibes, Attitude, and Manifesting What You Want
‘We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.’ —Buddha
‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’
–Luke 6:38 (NIV)
#5. You Become A Source of Positive Energy and Leadership for the People around you
Amanda Clouse is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach and Herbalist. She’s an advocate for all things natural and teaches people how to improve their health and keep it that way with nutrition, mind-body care, and botanicals. She enjoys writing wellness articles and spreading free information hoping that it reaches those that may really need it. She truly believes that we all do.
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