Nutrition education can have a significant impact on ones overall health and body-weight control…
The healthy approach to diet is the best of all diets. There is no need to bother with fad diets that promise extreme weight loss without any effort; a small modification in your life style is more beneficial than starvation or drastically reduced calorie intake. This Plan is a physically healthy diet combined with a nutritionally balanced intake of all food groups in moderation. Eating a healthy diet is recommended for everyone. Skipping meals or following weird, unhealthy eating patterns will only serve to prevent you from receiving the nutrients you need to maintain proper health.
Maintaining a healthy diet is totally useless if you aren’t willing to be consistent with it. We must always remember this isn’t a temporary life style change; it must be a life long commitment to good health and nutrition. We believe a healthy diet shouldn’t be counting carbohydrates and always referring to that slowly decreasing number on the scale. A healthy diet is a process whose goal (ideally) isn’t simply weight loss, but a healthy lifestyle in general, and it’s undertaken along with scheduled exercise and regular hours of rest.
According a survey conducted by American Institute for Cancer Research (AIRC), only 27% of Americans now eat the recommended ratio of plant food to animal food. The survey indicates that Americans have the proportions of food on their plates reversed. Most Americans are depriving themselves from the protection provided by the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.
Eat healthy food; a healthy body weight and sufficient exercise are important parameters for our longevity. A healthy diet is important for the human body to fight infection, prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, to have the strength to engage in everyday activities, and to maintain a healthy weight. The type of food eaten even affects appearance and feelings of well-being. A healthy diet is all about what you eat rather than how much you eat; Of course all foods must be consumed in moderation. A healthy diet is something that anyone can choose to maintain in order to keep a good health.
Plant-based sources of protein should be your focus. You get more out of plant-proteins by way of nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamin E and unsaturated fats. Vegetarians and health enthusiasts have known for years that foods rich in soy protein offer a good alternative to meat, poultry, and other animal-based products. As consumers have pursued healthier lifestyles in recent years, consumption of soy foods has raised steadily. This is idea is bolstered by scientific studies showing the great health benefits from these products.
Plant-based sources of protein should be one of your areas of focus. You will obtain a healthier benefit from plant-proteins in the way of nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamin E and unsaturated fats. Vegetables are extremely important to any diet (onions, carrots, celery, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and black olives) provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. In choosing vegetable it is always a good practice to avoid canned or frozen vegetables which contain salt, sauce and additives. Vegetables grown in selenium rich soils are also good sources of dietary selenium.
Fruits are also a great source of energy, are low in calories, and can help protect your body from heart disease. Fruit is an important element in a healthy diet. The recommended daily allowance is 3-5 servings. Fruits such as (bananas, apples, plums, grape juice, berries, pears, and oranges), provide carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
Eating the suggested number of servings in each food group will provide the right amount of protein, starches, and fats and will provide a healthy balance to the diet. It can also ensure that you get the nutrients you need daily and help control your weight.
Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures; we must however change our thought processes to: needing to eat to live instead of Living to Eat.