At my house, evenings are crazy. My boyfriend and I have twins who are two years old, and the period between picking them up from preschool and their bedtime can be the most challenging.
We both have demanding jobs and multitask constantly, including cooking, remembering who fed the dog last, and engaging in diplomatic toddler discussions, to mention a few.
In the midst of all of that, we should be taking care of ourselves by eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. For all that, who has the time?
Finding the time and energy to prepare balanced meals for our family and myself has become my biggest struggle when it comes to eating properly these days. As the twins become older, we can do it jointly in ways that we weren’t able to when they were babies (I’m not even kidding).
My healthy eating journey
I don’t represent healthy eating as a role model. I’ll admit that as an adult, I’ve made progress in that regard, but as a child, I used to consume what I now realise was an improperly designed vegetarian diet.
From early youth until the middle of my twenties, I was a vegetarian and subsisted mostly on fruit, yoghurt, cheese, bread, and pasta. My boyfriend still enjoys making fun of me for eating milk.
I didn’t realise at the time that any diet, especially one that forbids a particular cuisine, required preparation and balance. When I relocated to Iceland in 2015, I started preparing more nutritious meals that featured a range of food groups. I also began consuming seafood, which is readily available and fresh here. This was a life-altering choice for me, and I’ve appreciated
The challenge of healthy eating
We are aware that eating well might be difficult. We live in a world where there is a lot of inaccurate information about nutrition, and it can be challenging to acquire or afford healthful foods.
Nevertheless, a lot of people have healthy eating as one of their top wellness priorities.
72% of respondents to a Healthline Media research cited “eating healthy and nutritious foods” as their top health or wellness objective.
Two-thirds of participants in another study we performed claimed they were interested in the nutrition content. Only one-third, meanwhile, claimed to eat “very or extremely healthfully.” The remainder stated that they either did not eat at all, ate very little, or ate only a little bit healthily.
This particularly caught our attention because it indicates that the bulk of these people were hungry.
Introducing Healthline Nutrition
Welcome to Healthline Nutrition, the company’s newest brand.
Healthy eating within the context of your everyday life is the main focus of our strategy. We are aware that realistic eating habits are necessary for healthy eating to be feasible and sustainable. We are here to help you establish a long-term, healthy eating pattern that suits your needs, preferences, and culture. You are at the core of your healthy eating journey.
We view healthy eating as more about the general patterns of your food decisions—what your habits are the majority of the time—than it is about every dietary choice you make. Furthermore, you won’t discover us endorsing fad diets or offering quick fixes.
Happy reading (and eating)
In Iceland, we say “gjöru svo vel” before meals. Everyone is encouraged to dive in and start eating since it simply says “here you go.” I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Healthline Nutrition.
Since I’ve been working on the nutrition content for the past six years, I’m quite proud of where we’ve been and where we’re headed. It’s been amazing to see this group develop, grow, and reach many millions of individuals each month as it became the leading online source of nutrition-related information.
We are moving in a new direction, and I hope you are as thrilled as I am.
I also want to thank our team and all of Healthline’s former and current nutrition content contributors. Without you, we wouldn’t be who or where we are today.
The Definitive Guide to Healthy Eating in Real Life
Depending on who you ask, “healthy eating” can mean different things to different people. Everyone appears to have an opinion on the healthiest diet, including medical professionals, wellness influencers, coworkers, and family members.
Additionally, online nutrition articles can be extremely perplexing due to their inconsistent — and frequently erroneous — advice and guidelines.
If all you want to do is eat in a way that is good for you, this makes it difficult.
The truth is that eating a balanced diet doesn’t have to be difficult. It is totally possible to eat the foods you love and still fuel your body.
Food should not be feared, tallied, weighed, or tracked; rather, it should be enjoyed.
This article dispels the myths around healthy eating and explains how to do it.
Why does eating healthy matter?
It’s vital to first discuss why healthy eating matters before delving further into what it entails.
First and foremost, food provides you with the energy and nutrition your body needs to function. Your health may suffer if your diet is low in calories or one or more nutrients.
Similar to this, consuming too many calories might result in weight gain. Obese people are much more likely to develop conditions including type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart, liver, and kidney problems (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source).
Your diet’s quality also has an impact on your risk of contracting diseases, longevity, and mental wellness.
Diets high in ultra-processed foods have been associated to higher mortality and a higher risk of illnesses like cancer and heart disease, but diets rich in whole foods have the opposite effects.
Do you have to follow a certain diet to eat healthy?
Most people don’t need to adhere to any particular diet in order to feel their best, even if some people need to avoid certain foods or adopt diets for health reasons.
That is not to argue that you cannot benefit from some eating habits.
For instance, some people find that a low-carb diet makes them feel the healthiest, whereas high-carb diets suit other people better.
However, generally speaking, eating healthily has little to do with following a diet or specific dietary guidelines. Simply said, “healthy eating” refers to putting your health first by nourishing your body with wholesome foods.
Depending on each person’s location, financial status, culture, society, and taste preferences, the specifics may vary.