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Food and You

There are so many pesticides and toxins that go into our food on a regular basis. While there are tons of informative guides regarding which foods can still be nutritious in spite of being non-organic, it's much better and safer to choose an organic diet. Nutrition can play a role in almost every avenue of our lives. One area that's affected by nutrition that many people don't consider is the area of self-esteem.

Even though it's not talked about on a regular basis, it's important for all people to maintain healthy levels of self-esteem. If you're feeling discouraged and unsure about a specific challenge in front of you, having healthy self-esteem will help with your confidence and belief to push through and conquer the challenge. Low self-esteem will lead you into compromising and degrading situations. If your self-esteem is too high, you might come off as a self-absorbed narcissist. Very few people look forward to being around someone who's a narcissist. A healthy self-esteem level is somewhere in between low and high. You know what you deserve and desire out of life. You're willing to work for it and you're not afraid of a challenge. In fact, you have the confidence you need to rise to the challenge and succeed, no matter what.

Mental Health

There's no question about it. Organically-grown fruits and vegetables are healthier for you. The nutritional value is dramatically different within these foods as well. It's no secret that food can affect your mental health and clarity. There are certain foods that are excellent for brain health such as walnuts, salmon, blueberries, and avocados. Not only are organic blueberries free of pesticides, they're sweet too. Eating foods for your mental health is important for many reasons. When you're in a mental fog, you are going to have a difficult time with productivity. Feeling unproductive can mess with your self-esteem because you'll feel worthless and unimportant. The nutrients found in these foods are good for combating the haze of a mental fog. Instead of farm-raised salmon, always opt for the wild-caught salmon. You'll need all the fatty acids found in the wild-caught option.

Physical Health

When you're in good physical health, you'll naturally feel better about yourself. People with low self-image usually have low self-esteem as well. Making the right choices in diet can make a difference in how much weight your body carries and how good you feel. For effective weight management, shop on the perimeter aisles of the grocery store. Choose options such as fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Purchase lean meats and whole grains as well. When you're meal planning, do your best to create lean meals. Weight management has a lot to do with what you put in your body, not just the amount. Knowing this, it's wise to choose foods that are conducive to lean bodybuilding and weight management.

Physical Stamina

Think about your car. If you want to maintain a well-running car, it's important to make sure the right oil is in the system. It's important to place the right gas in the tank on a regular basis. Routine checks on the brakes, engine, and other parts are important. If one part is broken or working sub-optimally, it can make a dramatic difference in how well the car runs. The same concept applies to your body. Think of organic foods as the premium gas you'd put in your tank. In order for your body to run at optimal levels, you need to consume organic foods. When your body gradually breaks down due to the toxic food you place in your system, this can add to a whole host of issues. One of the issues is self-esteem. A good make-up application can hide dull skin temporarily, but it's not sustainable. You don't want to look in the mirror and loathe what you see due to the fact that you've failed to maintain proper nutrition. Do yourself and your self-esteem a favor and take in the proper nutrients.

These factors are all important when considering proper nutrition. Nutrition will impact your self-esteem in ways you may never realize—your body depends on it.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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