HEALTH & FITNESS: 10 Reasons to Eat Healthy That Have Nothing to Do with Fitting into That Teeny Bikini!

Whether you’re working on your summer body or making a few lifestyle changes, healthy foods should always be on your grocery list. Munching on more nutritious foods have a lot of benefits that lead to feeling good from the inside out. From a healthy, strong immune system to gorgeous skin, adopting better eating habits really does pay off. Check out 10 great reasons to eat right from Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialist, Nichell Delvaille.

  1. Preventative Health!
    Your body will be your great investment in life. Invest wisely in good quality, fresh, whole foods. Health and well-being are prized commodities so why wait until you get sick to eat healthy? Self care begins on your plate. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old medicinal system that is based on nurturing the body through the foods & drink that you intake. Fill your plate up with leafy greens, colorful veggies, whole grains, starchy veggies and legumes, healthy fats, lean meats, poultry and fish, fruits and plenty of clean water.

  2. Reduces risk of illness and disease.
    Plant based foods contain essential photo-nutrients that boosts your overall wellness. By eating healthy, you will decrease your chances of a triple by-pass surgery or diabetes. Your finances and insurances will suffer the hit as well.

  3. Digestive Health.
    According to Ayurveda, a majority of illness and disease begins in the gut. Processed foods and packaged foods contain ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, sugar and salt. They also contain synthetic preservatives, chemicals and toxins and are hard on the digestive track and leads to all kinds of issues such as bloating, gas and constipation. Eating a plant strong diet that is nutrient dense nourishes the digestive system.

  4. Makes losing weight and regulating weight easier.
    Replacing sodas and juices with water and tea will make a big difference in your body weight. Juices and sodas are also a big waste of money. Eating closer to nature will actually stimulate and activate your metabolism. Being a vegan, I love the effects that my diet has on my body and that overall body fat is kept at bay.

  5. You will age better.
    Your cells are made up of the nutrients of the foods you eat. Healthy cells create healthy tissue for all of your organs. Maximizing your intake of plant strong, nutrient dense, whole foods in your diet will aid in the longevity of your body. #livelongplantstrong

  6. Great skin and hair.
    Highly processed foods dehydrates the body and creates poor circulation which can cause brittle and dry hair, skin and nails. Plant strong foods contain important antioxidants that protect the skin. Dietary fibers and healthy fats support a strong healthy glow to our skin hair and nails and slows premature aging.

  7. Recover from illness faster.
    A stronger, healthy immune system speeds up recovery from any type of illness or health condition.

  8. Increase energy level and productivity.
    A clean healthy diet filled with plant based nutrients minus process foods and toxic chemicals leaves the body feeling energized which leads to a person being more productive in their life.

  9. Enhance mood and lower stress level.
    What we eat has an impact on our brain. Healthy Body = Healthy Mind. When you feel good, you are able to think more clearly. Excellent example: Did you know bananas contain 10 milligrams of dopamine, a chief mood booster for the brain?

  10. Foods will taste better.
    The tastes and texture of real foods are enhanced for a person that has a palate clear of chemicals and toxins. A person with a clean palate enjoys natural sweet and salty tastes as well as the other 4 tastes such as bitter, pungent, astringent and sour.

Eliminate or severely minimize your intake of processed meats such as bacon, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers. As of October 26, 2015, The World Health organization has classified processed meats as a Level 1 Carcinogen. It is the same category as cigarettes.

Add superfoods to your diet such as Cacao which is raw chocolate. Cacao is chocolate before it has been processed in high heats and sugars added. Cacao is loaded with dietary fiber, calcium, protein, magnesium and iron. Cacao also enhances your overall mood. You can make a cacao latte or add it to your favorite meals and beverages.

Nichell Delvaille is not only a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, but also a Life Coach and so much more. Learn more about Nichell at

Ondrea Lee is an Operations Manger at Gold Label Cosmetics. When she's not busy helping run a blossoming start up, Ondrea enjoys blogging about her beauty and fashion favorites. And she is a big foodie. Instagram / Twitter / Blog