What is nutrition?
According to Medical News Today, “Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease.” There is so much more, but that is basically it in a nutshell. This can be a confusing topic because new information on what foods to eat and not eat comes out almost daily.
Why nutrition is important?
Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a huge difference. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. There’s a lot of truth in the saying, “You are what you eat”. Therefore, a well-balanced diet coupled with regular exercise can be the foundation to good health; whereas poor nutrition can lead to obesity, poor immunity, cardiovascular diseases and type-II diabetes among many other illnesses.
This blog post is the beginning of a 4-week blog series on different aspects of nutrition. Please respond to this post with any questions or thoughts you may have that I can answer for you in future posts.
Embrace the concept of nutrition!
It is obviously grand in scale, but can be very personal, so it can be difficult to decide where to start. The tips below can help give you some suggestions.
Do not eat white flour
Switch to whole grain. Refined grain products have lost a lot of fiber and protein; their whole-wheat counterparts have these valuable nutrients intact. Whole grain bread or pasta will help control your cholesterol as well as make you feel full. Look for the word "whole" at the beginning of the ingredients list. A simple rule of thumb for choosing nutritious foods is to focus on those that are eaten with only slight changes from their original form. These items taste great, are good for you and cut down on the amount of chemicals and fat that you are eating.
Adding garlic to your meals
Garlic has many benefits. Garlic can naturally battle heart disease and cancer. Garlic's natural anti-fungal and anti-viral properties support your organs and help fight off infections.
A daily requirement you do not want to neglect. You need protein to maintain and build muscles, blood and organs. They also help your energy, metabolism and your cell processes. Proteins also help the immune system. There are many great foods for protein, like tofu, beans, chicken, Quinoa and other whole grains.
Your plates should always look colorful and diverse.
Bright colored foods will give you a lot of nutrition. See to it that every meal that you eat contains some fruits and vegetables. Eat the skins if possible; that's where many of the antioxidants in the fruit reside.
While you are at the grocery store, allow your children to help you make choices. By letting children pick out the fruits and veggies they want, they are more likely to eat them. They may even want to try new foods if something colorful catches their eye in the produce section.
A great number of plans already exist for your use in the realm of nutrition. When it comes to nutrition, there is something to suit everyone's taste. It's simply a matter of finding what works for you.
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