Here at Success in a Cup, we’re all for chasing your dreams and living to your fullest potential. At the same time, we’re mindful of the basics that matter, such as good health.
A healthy nutrition plan is the very basis of a well-functioning body. Food is the energy source that affects how your body and mind works. It gives you the energy to get up and go, grow and heal. Then there’s the issue of weight management, which is about the right balance of calories and nutrients, coupled with daily exercise, to keep you in the healthy weight range. A proper diet can prevent diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Ever skipped a meal and felt completely awful after? Starvation or even eating the wrong kind of food can affect your mental state. According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, a healthy diet is associated with a lower incidence of depression, anxiety disorders and dysthymia. Diets high in sugar, processed foods and alcohol are a huge no-no.
“But I don’t have time…”
Good health should always be a priority, and even if you lack the time to prepare a full meal, it takes only minutes to grab a supplement or two. For example, olive leaf extract helps to boost your immune system, and soluble fibre can be taken in sachets to ensure you get your recommended daily intake.
If you’re already a student of the school of good health, kudos to you. If not, here’s a great recipe to start with!
Mediterranean pepper salad (recipe borrowed from Smitten Kitchen)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 a red onion, cut into a 1/2-inch dice (use less if your onion is huge)
3 bell peppers, your choice of colours
1 kirby cucumber
1/4-pound firm feta cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup pitted kalmata olives
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste