Good Nutrition and Why You Need It

Nutrition and Fads

What we eat and whether it is good for you can vary, depending upon who you listen to and sometimes what you what to hear. There are diets that allow you to eat all the fats you want, but no carbs. There are claims you can burn belly fat by eating certain foods and avoiding others.

While there may be some temporary benefits in these fads, none of them beats understanding that good nutrition is the key to a long, healthy life. And exercise goes hand-in-hand with nutrition. If you learn the basics for both areas, and practice them regularly, you are well ahead of the game.

I’m not talking about becoming a health by making small, gradual changes by first understanding why nutrition is important to you and your life, then making small changes. Before you know it, you have changed your habits for the better and you won’t miss those empty calories. In fact, you’ll begin to substitute foods that are better for you and taste better too. Who doesn’t love fresh!

 

2 Important Things to Note

Number One:  There is no such thing as losing weight in only one spot of your body. It’s just not how we were made. If we could dictate where we lose weight then we would have put it on in the places we wanted it in the first place.

Now, don’t give up hope – you can tone the areas you want that have gotten flabby

Mirror Imagebecause you haven’t been paying attention to them and suddenly one day you look in the mirror and you have NO idea who that is and why they look like that!  Yes, life can be cruel. But nutrition is how you can make the mirror your friend. Working out alone won’t accomplish what you want, if it’s a 30% BMI, you need to watch what you eat as well.

Number Two:  Sugar is not only bad for you, it is addicting. Yes, Addicting. Why do you think that if you have that piece of candy at 3pm you want it the next day ? Funny how you can almost set your clock at the time you’ll start to crave that candy. Guess what time – yup – 3pm. Dr. Mercola wrote an article on just how addicting sugar can be that you’ll want to read.  Sugar Cubes

Sure, sugar tastes good and gives you energy, but what happens an hour later when you begin feeling tired and want another piece of candy. That’s a vicious cycle.

There are lots of articles on the health dangers of sugar. This is the one food you should cut down on until you quit it almost altogether. Besides, it’s in most processed foods anyway.  IFL Science has a good article to read and shared a video on the subject. And learning about nutrition, and incorporating it into your diet, is how you can kick that candy addiction.

What Do We Need To Do

Learn what’s important and what’s not. Make small changes. Be persistent. Ok to have setbacks and cheat days but stay the course. In other words, be aware of what you eat. Fruit, Grains, Vegetables, Protein, Dairy and some Oil every day.

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.

All food and beverage choices matter – focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.

Choose an eating style low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.

  • Use Nutrition Facts labels and ingredient lists to find amounts of saturated fat, Nutrition Labelsodium, and added sugars in the foods and beverages you choose. This cannot be overrated – see the FDA guidelines. Check that ‘syrup’ is not one of the top ingredients in your favorite foods.
  • Look for food and drink choices that are lower in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar.
    • Eating fewer calories from foods high in saturated fat and added sugars can help you manage your calories and prevent overweight and obesity.
    • Eating foods with less sodium can reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
    • Experiment when you cook, less sodium, sugars and fat doesn’t mean less tasty – have fun with seeing what you and your family like best.

Remember that low-fat, low-calorie, lite or low-sugar substitutions aren’t necessary healthy. Be careful of these ‘claims’ as there’s not a good substitution for the real thing – whole, fresh, natural foods. You can find a wealth of information about how these are misleading – read Time Magazine’s article on low-fat dairy products. Even foods label as ‘healthy’ can have high fructose corn syrup listed as one of the top ingredients. Manufacturers want their foods to taste good, and it may have some healthy qualities, but overall eating sugary foods it’s not really ‘healthy’. 

 

What You Can Do Now

Make small changes to create a healthier eating style.

  • Think of each change as a personal “win” on your path to living healthier. Each MyWin is a change you make to build your healthy eating style. Find little victories that fit into your lifestyle and celebrate as a MyWin!
  • Start with a few of these small changes.
    • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
      • Focus on whole fruits.
      • Vary your veggies.
    • Make half your grains whole grains.
    • Move to low-fat and fat-free dairy.
    • Vary your protein routine.
    • Eat and drink the right amount for you.

 

Why You Need Good Nutrition

Health conditions are among the most motivating of all reasons to focus on nutrition. And although good nutrition is not like a fad diet where you see results quickly, good nutrition takes time and education. You need to learn what works for your age and activity level. And combining all this with exercise – well, honestly, it’s hard work and results are normally seen slowly so you must be patient. But it’s worth it!

Make a choice to start now, with your next meal.

Now or Later

And who knows, soon you may not need as many of those supplements we wrote about last week!

 

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit us. We wish you the best of health!

PS. Check out our source, FDA.gov website for some great suggestions, MyWin tools and additional information.

Also read more about nutrition – books on Amazon:

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We focus on providing information about the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

7 thoughts

  1. Awesome tips and I love the way you broke down the information. Sugar is addicting, I have been doing a ton of research and it is scary. Currently transforming my lifestyle and detoxing from sugar. Thank you for the tips!

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  2. This is awesome! Great information and I love the way you broke it all down. I have been doing a lot of research on sugar and you’re right, it is super addicting! I’m currently in the process of detoxing myself and trying to reinvigorate my lifestyle. Thank you for the tips!

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    1. Thanks C. Mitchell! I saw your site and looks amazing ! Nutrition is so important and the difference between what you want to look like and what you actually can look like (for most of us :) ) Glad you are sharing how great fresh, local foods are too, that’s important.

      Let us know how your detox is going – sounds interesting. Is it difficult – in other words are you drinking your meals instead of eating? I’m not sure I could do that.

      Thanks for your support!

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      1. Not drinking my meals but changing them to become as basic as possible. Minimal ingredients so I know exactly what I’m putting into my body. It’s hard work but I can truly feel a difference! Thank you for checking it out! 😁

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