At the beginning of a new year, many of us resolve to take better care of ourselves. This often includes a desire to eat more healthfully. How to accomplish that can be confusing. There are numerous “experts” and guidelines. They sometimes conflict and often do not seem to be practical or helpful.
The types of foods we consume can have a huge effect on how we feel and think. Sugar intake has markedly increased over the past few decades. This correlates with a significant rise in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other health problems.
It appears highly likely that reducing sugar intake can have a big effect not only on how we feel and look now, but also reduce our chances for numerous chronic diseases in the future.
This does not mean that you have to “diet” or be hungry. I would encourage you to eat when you are hungry and include a diverse range of foods such as unprocessed meat, fish, chicken, nuts, vegetables, and fruits.
However, try to avoid sugar and foods that cause a rapid elevation of blood sugar levels. Examples of foods to avoid include the following:
- Processed grains such as breads and cereals
- Foods and condiments containing sugar
- Sweets (e.g. candy, soda)
Eating healthfully can be a challenge. However, it can make a big difference. Please make an appointment at the Student Life Student Health Center (614-292-4321) if you would like more information.
Submitted by Matthew Peters, M.D.