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Nutrition and Eating: Friends for Life

I’ll bet you’ve never even taken the time to consider what your nutritional needs might be, or the importance of that nutrition on your health.  Did you know that if the brain doesn’t get enough protein, it doesn’t develop correctly, or if the healthy female body doesn’t get enough flax oil, omega-3 and omega-6 her body’s metabolism will not function correctly and she is more susceptible to weight gain?  All these pieces of information and many more are contributing factors to our nutritional needs, and our nutritional needs are met through our eating habits, good or bad.

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?  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.

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.  The information we have available about the health choices and alternatives available to us change daily.  Very few medical doctors ever address our nutritional needs, past the needs of a pregnant woman, or an already ailing patient.  What about the needs of the well patient?  In order to stay healthy, there is nutrition, exercise, mental, and emotional needs that must be met.

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Eating for Your Age

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health.  But in what quantities and which ones are the best?  These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs.  And the answers will benefit our unique needs.  Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you.  Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different

We can examine some of the better foods, and offer advice as to what particular formulas make us the healthiest on average. The average person needs an hour of physical exercise, six to eleven servings of grains, two to four servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables, two to three servings of meat, two to three servings of milk, and enough water to make it all work.

This could be the formula for an eighty year old man, or a fifteen year old girl. The recommended daily calorie intake is just as vague and generalized as the daily food intake pyramid. Can you see how this might not work for either one?  When a guideline published is this general, it is up to the individual to determine what food regimen will keep them at their healthiest, provide the caloric intake necessary, but not excessive.

According to the guides published by the USDA, calorie needs vary from one age group to another, one gender to another.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  You can setup a journal for recording your daily caloric intake for about a month.  Make a note of your weight each day.  If you don’t gain any weight during the course of that month, you’re eating your recommended calorie level in order to maintain your weight.  Now, take that calorie information, check with a nutritionist about the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals that you need.  Take both pieces of information, calorie intake and nutritional requirements, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve these recommended daily intakes, and still be enjoyable food. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan.

Once the importance of a particular food plan is understood by us, it is a simple as learning our multiplication tables.  We simply memorize the benefit, and incorporate it into our daily intake as needed.  As you take the time to incorporate a healthy food plan, don’t’ forget the necessity of exercise in our daily lives.  In order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning off of healthy food, we need to keep it fit.  This comes through proper amounts of exercise

What those foods might be, are entirely dependent upon the unique guideline you have just established.  This guide will not work for Cousin Bob, or Aunt Tilley, but it is the unique blueprint for you.  It is at this point in the process that we seem to lack the direction to finish what the government started.  Maybe we need to incorporate these techniques into a class taught at school.  Maybe this would give our young people the direction and tools they need in order to begin such a process, make it a lifetime habit, and pass it along to their children.  Whatever the formula, your food intake and level of calorie content, will affect your general overall health everyday.  Overeating can bring on obesity, under eating can bring about anemia; you need to find that one right guide for you, and plan, plan, plan.

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Eating for Life

As a matter of course, all responsible persons should take the time to educate themselves, and their children, about the benefits of healthy eating.  Learning to eat for life in a health conscious way is one of the best guarantees for a long and fulfilling life. The quality of our lives is as important as the quantity to most individuals, but because of debilitating disease, we are often forced to make a decision and choose between quality and quantity.

Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, the average person’s life span now exceeds seventy years. If you stop to think, that’s quite a long time to walk around on this earth. Along with the wonderful life expectancy increases, however have the detrimental effects of overeating and unhealthy eating.  It seems that as we advance in one area, we regress in others.

As we set out on the course of life, from birth to death, eating is a constant.  We eat to sustain life to our bodies, and maintain optimal health as babies.  As we grow older, we eat because we enjoy the food we are consuming.  This is where the equation has become somewhat skewed.  We are supposed to eat because we need the nourishment, and hopefully enjoy the food as we consume it.  Not consume it just because we enjoy the food, with little regard to our need for nourishment.

Eating for life is a concept that should never have needed invention, however, here we are.  Learning about healthy choices, caloric needs, vitamin needs, and how to make the best choice in order to accommodate all needs, requires some education.

Many children reach adulthood with no thought being given at all to the most important conscious action we have: eating.  There is no room for food education in our school system; we’re too busy with mathematics and science.  Home economics classes, that were once a part of the required curriculum, are now optional and very few students are exposed to the notional education found in that class.

Health is taught as a science course, and addresses matters of personal hygiene, diseases, and the broad spectrum of health as it applies to the masses.  No individual attention is given to how to attain optimal health via our eating habits.  It’s funny that we skip the most important, fundamental building block to good health: our notional and caloric consumption in our food.  I personally believe we should have the field of neutrino and physical activity married into something combined to provide every person that enters the school system with a personal knowledge of their bodies’ needs, caloric, and nutritional, so that they complete their education with mental and physical competencies.

For now, we simply wait until our children have reached unhealthy, obese weights, and then put them through the painful process of trying to regain their physical health, and restrict their eating.  Don’t you think it would have been much easier to simply have prevented this problem, and taught them good physical fitness and good eating habits?

Eating for life is a concept that should be as important to our educational process as our ability to count. The ability to recognize our nutritional requirements, find the foods we need to fulfill those requirements, and differentiate between healthy food consumption and “unhealthy” eating habits is not an option.  Not for a healthy, happy, long, and quality life.

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Breathing, Exercise and Eating

If I had not gone through several diet and exercise programs, I would not believe the connection that the elements of breathing, exercise and eating share. Since I have however, received quite an education in these three areas, I can vouch for the certain fact that they are all interrelated and do affect the body individually and jointly.

Now, the eating and exercise you may have already figured out, but are you aware of the role our breathing plays in providing the body with the oxygen needed for maximum metabolism?  No, most people aren’t.

This is how the process works.  In order to metabolize food, the body needs certain elements to come together and create the right conditions for food breakdown.  Oxygen is one of the elements.  The more oxygen we add to the process, the better our metabolic process can work to properly utilize the energy from the food we have consumed.

It is here that our breathing plays a key role in the metabolic process.  The deeper, and more efficiently we breathe, the more oxygen we consume.  The more oxygen we consume, the more we provide to the metabolic process.  Makes sense doesn’t it?

What role does exercise play in this process?  Well, exercise conditions our body to keep it in optimal shape.  To keep muscles functioning correctly and build muscle mass.  The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn; the more calories we burn, the better our metabolism is at using up the calories we take in through food consumption.

Can you begin to see how our body is really a well functioning machine?  It’s a continual circle of events, one feeding off the other.  When all the events are coming together properly, we are healthy, happy individuals.  It’s only when abuse of the system begins to occur, that we put our bodies in jeopardy. Perhaps is we educated our children, while they are young, about the dangers of abusing their body, we would have better equipped young adults.  We educate them about the dangers of household appliances that are incorrectly operated, about the danger of driving recklessly, and improper operation of the car they’re driving; we just don’t take the time to educate them about the most important piece of equipment they will ever operate, their own body.

Exercise, breathing properly and healthy eating are the ingredients vital to the proper operation of the body.  Of all the things we ever learn, of all the thoughts we ever entertain, or the abilities we acquire as we grow, our health and the means to maintain it, are the most important.  Nothing else works unless our mind and body have been kept in working condition.  Have you ever noticed someone who is paralyzed?   So many of the choices they could make about how to spend their time, playing sports, skiing, or swimming, have been taken away.  The same is true for someone who has abused their body to the point of being an invalid; so many of the choices that could have been made to enrich their lives, have been taken away.

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