Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy.These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. When combined with being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, eating well is an excellent way to help your body stay strong and healthy.There is more than one way to eat healthfully and everyone has their own eating style.Make healthier choices that reflect your preferences, culture, traditions, and budget.
Lately, I’ve also started facing the ways in which the teachings of “emotional purity,” (a la Josh Harris, the Ludys, and others) have damaged the part of my brain that makes healthy relationships function. You are considered damaged goods if you have fallen in love and had your heart broken. I remember watching a video in which one of the biggest names in the courtship movement bragged with obvious arrogance that he didn’t tell his wife he loved her until their wedding. We took something as simple as saying ‘I love you,’ built a straw man rule around it (‘saying I love you is defrauding’), then hung it like a trophy on our walls.” Job well done, folks. They create skewed views of relationships which lead to dysfunction. Where others see nothing wrong, I am suspicious of every look, every situation, every witty exchange. I feel ill at ease sometimes even talking to other men. I’m really good at pushing those feelings away and acting “normal.” But I am bothered by my reaction to everyday situations. In all likelihood, your young teen is experiencing significant emotional, psychological and physical changes.And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers.Saturated fat and sodium are sometimes found naturally in foods and beverages.Sugars, sodium, and ingredients high in saturated fat can also be added during processing or preparing foods and beverages.Choose fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein foods to get the most nutrition and meet your personal calorie needs.