Thoughts on Nutrition
Thanksgiving 09 at my house
Why is Nutrition so misunderstood?
Being a Nutrition Science major, I get questions about how to eat right, what to do about losing weight, and can I make a diet plan for someone? Well, let me tell you something about my field. In all honesty, I am not a dietician, nor do I want to be a dietician. Don't get me wrong, dieticians are great people! They tell the doctors about diets for all types of patients. They go about figuring out exercise and diet plans for patients who either want to lose, maintain or gain their weight. They have a very busy lifestyle and I feel that most of them enjoy what they do. I am not interested personally in becoming a dietician. I don't think that I would enjoy that lifestyle.
However, my focus is wanting to educate people on the importance of good nutrition. In my classes I have learned that to prevent certain diseases, one must start eating healthy from childhood. All of those chargrilled burgers and fat laden foods are alright once in a while, but if one eats them over a long period of time say, years, then they will have a higher risk for developing diseases like cancer, obesity and heart disease. I feel that it is very important to educate parents and children about eating healthy foods and cutting back on the saturated fats, oils, and chargrilled burgers. The more we educate each other, the more we can prevent these diseases.
Here's another funny story for you. I was at a party the other day, and everyone was watching what I ate. Now, being interested in Nutrition Science, one would think that I was a little health conscious myself. For the most part, I am. However, at parties, I tend to slip and eat whatever I feel like eating. At the time those people were staring at me, I had a plate loaded with carrots, crackers and cheese, and sausages. Now, tell me which foods do you think weren't healthy? My point is, that even though I may have had one or two foods on my plate that weren't considered "healthy", it's okay to eat things in moderation.
I love food. But I have to sometimes watch how much I eat because I can eat like a "pig". Then I don't feel so well afterwords. So for all you foodies out there, here are a few tips for you to maximize your daily nutrition.
1. Try to incorporate more fiber, fruits, vegetables and grains into your diet.
2. Eat things in moderation.
3. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
4. If you are in a restaurant and can't eat anymore, stop. Take a doggie bag home. If you don't enjoy it, I'm sure the dog will :).
5. Exercising 30-45 minutes 3-4 times a week will help if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight.
6. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
7. If you work in an office and are sitting for most of the day, take a 10-15 minute walk on your lunch break. Most of the time, it gets the blood pumping and you will feel a little more energized to get back to work.
8. Don't stress if you gain a few pounds over the holidays. Now that Christmas is coming up, people will be visiting their families and friends. This usually leads to good fun and heavier types of food consumption. It's okay to gain a few pounds! Remember that if you want to lose this weight you just have to go back to your old routine.
Enjoy your meal!
Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!