Why Is Healthy Eating So Important?

You have worked a long day. The last thing you want to do is spend hours cooking a meal.

While you might be tempted to go through a fast food line on your way home, our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville wants you to know how you can start eating healthier on a daily basis.

Why Should I Choose Healthy Food Over Fast Food?

Well, any type of food is OK in moderation as part of a healthy diet. However, just as with every other thing, you want to limit your intake of fast food.

That’s because, even when choosing healthier options, fast food still isn’t the best for your overall health.

Effects of Fast Food on Health

  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Poor dental health
  • Headache
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Insulin resistance
  • Weight gain
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

How Can I Start Changing My Eating Habits?

It doesn’t take drastic changes! Small changes can have a big impact. For one, are you regularly drinking sugary beverages? Replace those with water or a non-calorie alternative.

In general, follow the healthy eating basics—fill your plate with plenty of fruits and veggies, lean protein (like chicken or fish), whole grains, low-fat dairy and small amount of healthy fats, like those found in olive oil.

Benefits of Healthy Eating

  • Controls weight
  • Improves mood
  • Combats diseases
  • Boosts energy
  • Improves longevity

When’s the last time you had a checkup? Visit AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today for a wellness check—no appointment is required!