Healthy eating is the foundation of good health. It is the way to simply promote wellbeing, prevent illnesses and maintain (or reach) a healthy weight. As it is usually true for most things, balance is key. For good health, you must not only eat right, but exercise is also essential.
What is eating right? Well it is not all about good food or bad food; it is about regular diet and habits. What you do not want is to develop “orthorexia nervosa” which is the obsession of eating only the right foods. Then you lose the fun of eating and make yourself and people eating with you miserable. Michael Pollan sums up healthy eating in his book Omnivore’s Dilemma by saying: eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
There are all kind of diets advertised everywhere, aiming to help with weight loss: the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, the cookie diet, the no-carb, etc. You should not to get carried away with diets that suggest something other than a balanced diet. Over the past 90 years, nearly 23 000 different kind of diets have been published and apparently none of them works on the long term to maintain health and weight. What are the chances that the next one will?