COM/155 University Composition and Communication 1
October 26, 2012
Simple modifications in one’s diet combined with regular exercise can have a dramatic effect
and will encourage habits for a lifetime of healthy weight maintenance. However, it might be
difficult to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, but eating healthy has benefits to help promote
one’s well-being. In today’s society, exercising is more of a necessity in order to live a longer
and healthier life. A healthy living lifestyle is much more than focusing on nutrition and fitness,
it is to properly analyze one’s body type and keep track of one’s calorie intake on a daily basis.
One can start to eat healthy by learning and understanding the nutritional information for the
different types of foods one needs to determine whether a certain food is a healthy choice or not.
Healthy food will also provide one’s body with the proper nutrients it needs to maintain the level
of energy one needs to make it throughout the day. Nutrients provide the foundation for a long
life; one’s body is a living organism that requires nutrition to do its job and to stay alive.
Following the recommended number of servings per day as well as eating other foods displayed
in the Food Guide Pyramid will also help one to get all of their daily nutrients one needs to
remain healthy. Eating healthy foods provides the body with nutrients from the food the body
need to maintain a level of energy that could last throughout the day. While eating healthy does
not mean dieting, eating healthy promotes longer life. While eating, one need’s to chew their
food slowly, so that it can be broken down into smaller pieces. This will also help one with
digestion. After one has figured out one’s planning, and understanding the different food groups,
one can begin to make small changes to eating healthy. To change to healthier eating one must
learn about balance, variety, and moderation.
One can change poor eating habits by eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits
such as berries, grapes, oranges and grapefruit are high sources of antioxidants. One can also get
antioxidants from vegetables such as kale, spinach, red beets and peppers (“Foods High in
Antioxidants”, 2005). Choosing healthy foods and eating smart can be done, if one is able to
determine which foods are nutritious and beneficial to one’s health. It is easy to tell by the color
of the vegetable and fruits which vitamins are found in them. For example, “Green color
vegetables are packed with calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, and the green
color vegetables also help strengthen one’s blood stream and respiratory system” (Healthful
Guide organization, 2009, para.4). People these days have very busy lifestyles and do not find
the time to cook healthy meals. Purchasing fast food is much easier and convenient rather than
having to prepare meals at home. While good eating habits promote mental and physical health
there are still some people who decide to develop unhealthy diets because of the lack of time,
being influenced by advertisement, and want to continue their poor eating habits.
One can benefit from exercising by keeping a control on it, boosting up the normal metabolic
rate of one’s body and burning up the unnecessary calories. Overweight and obesity is an energy
imbalance that occurs from eating to many calories without acquiring enough physical activity.
After one exercises, the body will replenish and rebalance what one energy stores. Basically, one
needs to convince one’s body that storing energy as fat to protect against potential food shortages
in the future is not a smart strategy because the food supply is adequate and one needs that
energy now to keep up with the...