Healthy eating along with some exercise is very important for maintaining good bodily function and goes a long way towards living a disease-free life. If you’re currently not eating a healthy diet, it can be difficult to start such a plan. But, we hope this beginners guide to healthy nutritional eating will get you on the right track.
Nutrition as it applies to our daily lives means that we take in what we need to maintain our body’s healthy state.
Nutrition has become an important word thanks to the involvement of the USDA in our daily food requirements, and the FDA’s involvement in determining what is and is not dangerous for us to consume.
But what is our responsibility in the nutrition game?
Do we understand what our nutritional requirements are, how to fulfill those requirements, and how to look for real nutritional value in our foods?
We hope this beginners guide to healthy nutritional eating well give you a good start.
I’m not sure that nutrition has been successfully addressed in its own right. We hear nutrition in relation to our vitamin intake, our fortified cereals and milk, and in the context that we need “nutritional value” from our food choices.
But what really is nutrition when applied to our daily bodily functions?
Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes.
How do we determine that we are providing the essential nutritional needs? That knowledge comes by educating ourselves about what our individual needs are, the needs of our family, and then taking that knowledge and applying it to the foods we buy, that we prepare, and that our families consume.
Our nutritional needs and caloric needs change as we age, the nutritional needs of a 13 year old teenager are much different to those of a 30 year old woman.
Nutrition is know to interact with the process of aging in many ways.
Nutrition problems of the older population are increased due to susceptibility to chronic disease, decreased organ function which may affect digestion and absorption, metabolism, and excretion of nutrients.
Eighty percent of people over 65 suffer from at least one chronic disease and nutrition is an important factor on there prevention and recuperation from the disease.
As the body ages food may not seem as appetizing or smell as appealing due to loss of smell and taste. If an elderly person is told to cut down on salt or sugar food may not be as good to them any more because they need extras for taste.
Quite often, our vitamin and mineral needs outweigh our caloric needs. In those instances, we turn to manufactured vitamins and minerals to fill the gap. This is a part of our nutritional needs, also.
Nutrition is one of the most complex areas to gain useful knowledge about, because there are so many components, and because each person has their own individual needs.
Women’s needs differ from those of men, and older women’s needs differ from those of a young girl. As we age, our needs constantly change; therefore continual education about nutrition is a fact of life.
If you struggle with healthy eating, then you know that breaking unhealthy habits is the most difficult part of the process. Therefore, if you truly want to live the best lifestyle possible, it is important to follow this beginners guide to healthy nutritional eating.
A great first step when you want to start eating your way to a healthy life style is to rid your home of all temptations that will distract you from following better eating habits.
Ideally it would be a wise course to keep junk foods and beverages out of your house so as not be tempted to snack during the day.
If you’re worried about getting hungry, keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit, or whole-wheat crackers on hand.
If you find that you just cannot bear to toss out the sweets, try keeping something tiny on hand, peppermints or barley sugar. Eating a few, (emphasis on few) of these won’t ruin your diet but also will give you that little sugary fix you rave.
Another great tip in this guide to healthy nutritional eating when you’re first starting the process, is to take a few moments to learn what foods are the healthiest for you and how they work within the body. To start eating healthily we must begin by thinking healthily.
Most people understand that fruits, vegetables, and low-fat meats and dairy products are good for them, but few people understand why.
The key is learning about nutrients. First, you have to understand how specific nutrients work and why you need them. Then it becomes more reasonable to make healthier choices for your body.
Knowledge really is power!
Preparation is a major key in commencing a new healthy diet. You must take into consideration your schedule for meals.
If you often eat in a rushed hurry at odd times of day; you probably more inclined to grab a rushed meal which will probably do more harm than good.
So plan ahead! Instead of grabbing a fast food lunch on the go, take a bagged lunch to work. Complete-it with a healthy wrap and some fresh fruit and vegetables.
Remember not to forget your evening meal. A simple plan to have a meal ready before you get home would be perfect. But, in our fast paced life style, sometimes this just can’t be done.
One way to solve this problem is to plan out your evening meals for the week, on your days off. Perhaps just before you do your weekly shopping.
Another warning: when going shopping, do not go there hungry!
That becomes the first break in your healthy eating.
Initially many will find it very difficult to make those necessary changes to healthier eating. Along with the difficulty of change, you may not feel well for a short period of time.
Usually this is normal as your body is adjusting to your new and improved lifestyle. This is just the body cleansing itself from the unhealthy toxins built up from poor eating habits.
If this feeling continues or you are worried, visiting your doctor would be the correct thing to do.
Start with baby steps.
Replace only one soda a day with a glass of water, you are really improving your calorie intake.
If you eat fast food every day for lunch, try replacing that half of the time with better quality foods.
When you start by taking small steps you aren’t cutting out all of the foods you love all at once.
- By taking your time to learn about your eating habits and slowly replacing them with better meals.
- By taking the time to learn and understand that you’re making the necessary changes in an orderly fashion.
You will feel much better within yourself physically, mentally and emotionally; and well on the road to becoming as healthy as you can be.
Consult your doctor for more advice.
Consult your doctor before using any health treatment, including herbal supplements and natural remedies. And, tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications.
The information presented here is for educational purposes only.