We are constantly tempted to eat all the good things in life but it only takes a disciplined person to consider diet. Indeed, diets are no fun and it can be unsettling and sad sometimes. Just looking at our favourite foods without laying our hands on it is surely unsettling and sad.
To make diets easier, we have to realize its importance. Diets are important because it can keep our body balanced. We need to know that diets are not only geared towards weight loss. Diets can also help us feel better, look better and enjoy things more. The first thing that we have to do is go away with our traditional concept of diet – for weight loss.
There are Singaporeans who only see diets for weight loss that is why they are not happy about it. Controlling our eating just to lose weight and be sexy is a shallow motivation. We have to look at a larger picture. As mentioned earlier, if we have the right diet, it can help us feel better, look better and enjoy things more.
Here are some diets that we have to consider:
- Diets for insomniacs: If we have sleep problems, we need to consider diets that promote sleep. We can consider foods that are rich in tryptophan – an amino acid. Experts will recommend foods like bananas, turkey, nuts and milk. Experts also recommend that we cut back our sugar intake for better sleep. Instead of refined sugar, we can try honey because it contains tryptophan. There are others who prefer wine to fall asleep but experts suggest wines do not promote sleep, it just hinders it.
- Diets for energy: If we constantly feel tired and exhausted, we need foods to give us energy. Magnesium can help metabolize the nutrients and then turn them into energy. According to experts, women need at least three hundred mg of magnesium while men need at least three hundred fifty mg of magnesium on a daily basis. We can extract magnesium in nuts, spinach and mackerel. We need to avoid foods that are rich in carbohydrates like whole grain bread and pasta.
- Diets for glowing skin: Our skin is what we eat. We have to believe that. Processed foods and other foods with refined carbohydrates promote faster aging of skin. We have to consider foods that can promote skin health like salmon, mackerel, melons, nuts, berries, beans and spinach.
If we want to ask for the help of dieticians, we can seek one. There are many dieticians here in Singapore that can help design an effective diet for a better life.