What Is Nutrition? Eating for Good Health

“If the patient has been to more than four physicians, nutrition is probably the medical answer” – Abraham Hoffer, M.D., PH.D.

Let the goal of your nutritional plan be optimal health and the lean body shall automatically follow.

I strongly believe in the statement above. The saying that clothes make a man doesn’t apply half as much to clothes as it does to a healthy diet. Literally, the food you eat makes you. Some scientists have even arrived at the conclusion post studies that some of the foods you eat maybe contributing to elevated aggressive behaviours in individuals.

This is a question I get asked often, especially since the last few weeks. People wished to know what to eat in order to lose their weight. But managing your weight isn’t as simple as switching the item in the menu. There are a few factors to consider.

But rest assured, as far as losing weight and maintaining your health is concerned; nutrition is not a very difficult task to handle. It’s about having a balanced diet by making the right food choices, in the right quantity and quality and then sticking to it (a little cheating is OK… just a little).

The definition of nutrition in Wikipedia is given as:

Nutrition (also called nourishment or aliment) is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. Many common health problems can be prevented or alleviated with a healthy diet.

Nutritional science tries to understand how the body breaks food down (catabolism) and repairs and creates cells and tissue (anabolism) – this process of catabolism and anabolism is called as metabolism. Nutritional science also examines how the body responds to food. This reveals the secrets behind why we gain fat from food and how we can shed fat from food.

Brigham Young University states that “nutritional Science investigates the metabolic and physiological responses of the body to food and diet, including the role of nutrients in the cause, treatment, and prevention of disease.”

But in most of our minds the question is a simpler one – What must I eat to lose weight?

Well, if the answer were as simple then everyone would be lean and fat free. Wouldn’t they? Losing weight or body fat is not just about creating a list of diet foods and simply eating them. Even good things used improperly can be harmful to you.

But the task of maintaining a fat free diet is NOT that difficult or complex once you understand the basics of creating healthy diet plans. The by product shall be a lean and fit body.

So let’s begin looking at these basics:

· Why do you need proper nutrition – Simple answer, isn’t it? Energy, tissue repair and overall maintenance of our health?

· Where does it come from – the food we eat – DUH!! can’t get more obvious

· Are you eating foods that may be adversely affecting your health? – Chances are most of us are doing this.

1. Food for energy

Most of us eat food for the satisfaction of our palates first, the ritual of timely eating set by years of practise and conditioning and finally as a means of bringing a sense of togetherness with the people we dine with. I am yet to come across someone who actually looks at food as a means to an end and not the ultimate goal itself.

The primary goal of your food is to provide you with energy, read calories, while not adversely affecting your body. Any food item you consume should primarily provide you with energy to carry on the daily tasks. However, most food choices that we make today are notorious for their fat deposits and cholesterol spiking capabilities. Fast foods like burgers, pizzas and soft drinks bring along a major spike in the sugar, saturated fat and cholesterol content of the food. Yet most of us opt for them over whole foods like Sprout salads simply because the fast foods taste better and easily available – tell me I am wrong.

Have you ever noticed that when you eat foods like white rice, white breads, burgers and the like so feel full immediately but are hungry within an hour of eating it?

Now, try this – get a medium bowl of sprout salad and chicken, save the mayo. You’ll feel the difference in your energy levels and won’t feel hungry for the next 3-4 hours.

To ensure the best foods for replenishment of energy, consume foods high in complex carbohydrates like:

Sweet potatoes
Yams
Brown rice
Chick peas
Lentils
Apples
Pears
The best part about choosing complex carbohydrates is that they are already laden with dietary fibre which is an incredible tool in fat loss. Remember, as far as possible, cook the complex carbs in their actual form without breaking them down too much. This ensures that the nutrients remain as close to their natural state as possible. For example: Opt for baked potato instead of mashed potatoes. The more you mash, the easier it becomes to digest and that defeats the purpose. Do pay a little attention to how much you eat. The quality of the food is as important as the quantity of the food. The first key to success in fat loss is a calorie controlled diet.

2. Food for Tissue Repair

Again, when at the cafeteria at work, I see people passing remarks because there isn’t anything there to eat. I agree with what they have to say but my reasons are entirely different. They are saying this because the foods they see there are either the same or not great to taste. I say this because I know the food lack enough nutrients to rebuild my body. They lack PROTEIN, the primary ingredient that your body is made up of.

When your diet lacks protein, the result is a poor constitution. Another ill-effect of this situation is that the body begin to cannibalize its tissues to provide for the needs generated at other sites within the body. The same is true when it comes to lack of energy within the body.

Again, when making food choices for protein skip the fast foods and don’t say that they contain eggs and chicken. They also contain mayonnaise and processed cheese which skyrocket the total calories packed in the entire burger. When choosing proteins select from sources like:

Poultry and poultry products – chicken, duck and eggs
Meats – lean cut portions of lamb and beef
Vegetarian – soy, Chick peas (all variety) and the various beans.
Animal proteins are superior to vegetarian proteins in their amino acid profile. But that doesn’t mean you cannot have a complete protein profile in your diet if you’re a vegetarian. The trick is to mix multiple protein sources that compliment each other’s protein profile. While animal proteins might be the best sources of proteins, the thing to think about is that the strongest animals in the planet on land and sea are herbivorous.

3. Adverse effects of our food choices

Let’s be honest, if you were to take a long hard look at your diet and be straight with yourself you’d find the following appearing in there more often than it should:

Vegetarian food that is over cooked – Either cooked in generous amounts of oil or mashed to an extent that the basic texture is lost.

White Rice – I haven’t seen any other kind in anybody else’s diet – even at home.

Fast foods and fried chips – they appear more often than they should in our diet. No wonder obesity is a rising concern amongst the youth and children these days.

Simple and processed carbohydrates and Trans-fat foods like chocolates, ice creams, packaged ready to eat foods and sugar rich drinks and sodas.

The only upside of the food choices we make is the ease in availability and or preparation. Apart from that it is really just a cluster of hollow calories and other content that when consumed regularly can add up to health issues including and not limited to:

Clogged arteries resulting in cardiac trouble
Obesity
Lethargy
Possible causes of joint problems
The worst one, constipation or bowel related issues. This gives rise to another set of health issues
The best remedy is to for wholesome food groups when formulating your diet plans. Foods like unprocessed grains and cereals, lentils, pasture raised meats and fresh fish preferably not raised in a fish farm would be the ideal choice of food for a healthier and fitter you.

When embarking on a journey of lifelong fitness and health, proper nutrition will help you win half the battle. Exercise and adequate rest form the other half.

Nutritional Eating With Awareness

Susan’s evening started out like Andrea’s, but the ending was quite different. Susan knows that she loves freshly baked breads and rolls. She, too, went to a restaurant. When she saw the fresh, warm bread in the bread basket, she decided that she really wanted to have some, so she took a roll and enjoyed it.

I’m very familiar with Susan’s history as a dieter. I know that in the past, taking that roll would have created a cascade effect. Instead of seeing the roll and deciding to eat and enjoy it, she would have picked at it-taking as little as possible, then taking some more, then finishing it. To someone with the mentality of a dieter, the roll is a trigger, and Susan would have finished the roll, then worked her way through the rest of the bread basket. She would have felt guilty the whole time because she was cheating.

Instead, Susan ordered fish and vegetables while she finished her roll. She enjoyed the whole meal-the high-calorie roll as well as the low-calorie meal-and came away from the table feeling good about herself.

With another few weeks of food awareness training, I’m confident that Andrea will arrive at the level of decision-making where Susan is now. But Andrea is not quite there yet.

Notice that Andrea didn’t talk about the bread problem right away. Instead, she began by saying that she hadn’t had a good week.

We worked our way back to the point when she’d clipped into the bread basket. That was the point where she lost focus, but not because of the bread itself. A good-size chunk of sourdough is only about 30 calories. What sabotaged her, instead, was the feeling of failure-that she had somehow given in.

With Susan, on the other hand, the decision was just that: a decision. She wanted to treat herself to a roll, so she did. As it happens, that roll was about 150 calories-a lot more than the sourdough bread that Andrea ate- but it didn’t trigger any feelings of failure. So the woman who had a 30-calorie chunk of bread ended up having a “bad week” as a result of all the bad feelings that it triggered, while the woman who had a 150-calorie roll enjoyed the treat and felt okay.

Can you relate to this story? Being aware of what you’re eating, and when you’re eating it, is an important part of your healthy eating habits.

Say Goodbye to Food Eating Guilt With Nutritional Eating Plans

Are you looking for nutritional eating plans, the type which can meet your every contingency? The type which allows you to eat in fast food restaurants or overeat at parties or holiday celebrations without feeling guilty afterward? Then, you should really try visiting some of the numerous websites specializing in dieting guides and reviews. This is the only place where the tips and information about good food does not sound like a total ban from eating.

A so-called balanced diet is one that enables one to make amends whenever he or she exceeds some portions of the diet. In other words, it should be a plan which is flexible and in touch with the reality of life. Sometimes it is inevitable that one sometimes goes out with friends, eats those delicious foods at parties or simply feels like indulging a craving.

This is where having a set of nutritional eating plans can help. The information available at the dieting guides and reviews websites will be able to help you to determine what nutrients you have exceeded. Additionally the information will help you make amends to get back on the right track by cutting off this specific nutrient or to eat more of a certain type of food to compensate for what your body has lost.

Of course, the plans would only be good as long as it does not look like as if it was lifted from Einstein’s secret formula book. Stripped off of the mathematical formula, the plans are written in a language that even an ordinary layman can understand.

Fight Disease With a Nutritional Eating Guide

Although it is stressed over and over on articles relating to health; however, there are still some people who tend to forget that poor eating habits or eating the wrong kinds of food can make one even more vulnerable to diseases. For some people, they believe that this cannot be helped.

They rationalize that these are the only kinds of food that can suit their budget. Others would justify it by upholding the reason of convenience and access to such kinds of food. Unknown to them, there are a lot of healthy foods that can fit everyone’s budget and these are readily available to everyone. All they need is a good nutritional eating guide to point them in the right direction.

Put a halt to those fatty foods from fast food restaurants. Put the lid back on those canned goods. You never know, eating nutritional foods may taste good. Advertisements may make them sound so cheap. But did they ever tell you about the nutrients you will be getting from eating such food and in what amounts? Reading the nutritional eating guide will surely clarify what you and your family have been missing out on all this time. You will not believe what you have been missing out on once you read it.

It contains tons of info about nutritional foods that is guaranteed to fit everyone’s tight budget and is readily accessible wherever you are. If you want to get ideas on what healthy foods you should be feeding your family to protect them against diseases, follow the link below.

Why Nutritional Eating Should Always Be in Style

If I was to ask for a raise of hands that would be somewhat visible in the cyberspace world, I am confident that the percentage of hands raised would be higher than those not raised. The question is “do you love yourself; even like yourself?” The truth is; most of us genuinely love ourselves, yet our actions can sometimes be misinterpreted to say we don’t even like ourselves.

How many times have you heard this familiar quote “you are what you eat”? obviously not enough to move the masses into making healthier changes. And what about the information overloads that is available in the health and fitness industry to get our attention? Still not persuaded that you are what you eat? So what will it take to get our attention or at the least a clearer and simplified understanding that we have 100% control over our life and we can begin right now to take healthier steps to improving our lifestyle?

I am constantly baffled by how much care and attention we give to monitoring our financial investments, our cars, etc yet we forget or don’t see the need to invest into our health by caring for our temple. Listen, the reality is if we don’t have a fit healthy body and mind we’re not going to be able to fully enjoy our financial and other material investments.

Here are a few reasons why nutritional eating should always be in style

It reduces the aging process
Think about all the preservatives and chemicals that are packed into the foods we consume on a daily basis. Wonder what it’s doing to your digestive system and the work involved to digest all that crap? However, consuming foods that are free from preservatives and chemicals is easy to digest because our bodies were designed to process only non preservative and chemically laden foods.

It reduces body fat
Another popular statement “your body is made in the kitchen not in the gym” is 110% true. Here’s a simple test to prove me wrong – eat all the unhealthy foods, hit the gym and see how much better you’ll feel and look. I’ve worked out like a horse, and also ate like one (too much and the wrong foods) with the minimal of changes. However, when the right foods are introduced, with at little as 3 days a week working out intensively for 45 min, the difference is amazing.

You feel, look and are healthier
You take your car for a tune up and it runs so much better.
You fix the leak in your roof or make necessary renovations on your home and it looks like new.
You make changes in your financial portfolio and spending and you begin to see positive changes.
Well, the exact same results will be manifested when you take the necessary steps and begin to invest into your health. You’ll feel, look and be healthier for it. You know the changes you need to make so why not start now, you’ll be better for it.

Take this simple test
For the next two weeks make the decision to cut out all pop, processed, fried, fatty, white carbohydrates foods and sugars. Make the decision to avoid processed and chemical laden foods and instead consume foods like fruit, complex, and fibrous carbohydrates and drink lots of water. Take positive actions to prove you love yourself and you’ll find the benefits will encourage you to keep making healthier investments into your life.

I am the music, the song, and the dance. My life is the whatever expression I choose to give it. I decide how fulfilled or not I’m going to be; my faith or lack thereof, the positive or negative attitude I decide on embracing or rejecting. I am given “today” to live, so I’m going to give it my all and live the best I can for today.