Why should I have a healthy diet?

We all know that eating right can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain health problems, but your diet can also have a profound effect on your mood and sense of well being.

Studies have linked eating a typical Western diet—filled with red and processed meats, packaged meals, takeout food, and sugary snacks—with higher rates of depression, stress, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Eating an unhealthy diet may even play a role in the development of mental health disorders.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, cooking meals at home, and reducing your fat and sugar intake, on the other hand, may help to improve mood and lower your risk for mental health problems. If you have already been diagnosed with a mental health problem, eating well can even help to manage your symptoms and regain control of your Life.

While some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important. That means switching to a
healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition.

You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet and make a difference to the way you think and feel.

2016 is YOUR year!


Did you struggle in 2015 to find your healthy balance?  Did you struggle to set goals or achieve your goals?

With this in mind, I’m committed to making my health even more of a priority this year. And I’d love to have you join me for the Healthier You Challenge.

We’ll be focusing on one challenge area each month — all with the goal of being in a healthier place as a person by the end of next year. My hope is that as we work on instilling one new healthy habits each month, they won’t just be month-long challenges, but lifelong changes.

January – Exercise 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week

February – Eat more fresh fruits & veggies

March – Drink more water

April – Cut back on sugar

May – Get more sleep

June – Create a morning routine

July – Get the family outside more

August – Read More

September – Go to bed earlier

October – Declutter your home

November – Cut back on caffeine

December – Simplify & say no & start a journal

At the beginning of the month, I’ll introduce the focus area and encourage you to set a small goal for that specific area, as well as share my own goals. Every Friday, I’ll have a check-in post where I’ll encourage you to share your progress and struggles. If you want to share your progress through the Evolution Fitness blog, let me know and I’ll post it there too. In addition to the Friday check-ins, I’ll also share a few posts and guest posts on the monthly topics each month, along with sharing about related books, resources, or websites that I’ve found helpful.

Are you on social media? You can also share your progress on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter by using the hastag #EvoFitHealthierYou.

Will you be joining Team Evo Fit on the 12 months to a Healthier You Challenger? If so, leave a comment letting us know you’re planning to join and what you exercise goals are for January. Remember to keep them simple and doable!

My exercise goal for January is: to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 6 days a week.  I will combine cardio & strength training as well as stretching every day for 10 minutes.