Perhaps this is one of the most common questions occurring in every person’s mind on an everyday basis. While all the literature and talk shows in the world ask you to follow a strict diet, following it up with a stricter exercise regime, how much good does this strictness do to your mind actually? Does your diet have a correlation with your happiness quotient? So, the question which really needed to be answered here is: should you have a healthy diet or a diet of your choice?
Benefits of a healthy diet
There remains no doubt that a healthy diet has direct relation with your body. If you eat a balanced food, your metabolism, your energy levels; everything inside remains in balance and you become more productive. A healthy body helps you to stay in a good mood since you have less worries about your health. Bad health makes you irritable, reduces your productivity, increases your health related expenditure and you succumb to a vicious cycle of low mood and poor health.
Additionally, following a healthy diet plan makes you less susceptible to the common lifestyle diseases making rounds these days such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer.
The benefits of following a healthy diet plan are numerous. That should be your choice definitely, but…
It’s ok to binge sometimes
Agreed a healthy diet brings you loads of benefits, but don’t stress over it. Sometimes let your heart do what it wants to. Grab that favourite chocolate ice cream once in a while! Indulging and letting loose is as much important as to be in discipline. Choose a day in the week when you allow yourself to have the food you want to actually eat. Binge if you want to. Don’t ignore your cravings all the time.
Walk a bit extra or exercise a bit more if need be, but give in once in a while. The act will bring you immense joy which is necessary for your mental health. The indulgence will make your body release happiness hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins, lifting your happiness and well-being quotient like nothing else.
We need balance in all spheres of our lives and diet is no exception. So, while being strict on yourself most of the times, don’t hesitate to give in to your cravings once in a while. You deserve it!