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The Top 5 Nutrition Questions And You

Updated on April 6, 2012

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The Nutrition Quandary: To Eat Or Not To Eat?

These days nutrition has become a very confusing issue because so many companies are invested in convincing people that there is something wrong with eating normal food, and that being a normal size is wrong. Many people feel that they must buy special diet foods, special shakes and a variety of items that are not actually food in order to be the “right” size and project “right” image. By doing this, many people endanger their health and neglect proper nutrition. Good nutrition begins with ordinary whole foods in normal portions. Here are five of the most frequently asked questions in regards to nutrition. I hope that the answers I give to these questions will quell your fears and help you establish a healthful lifelong eating plan that you can live with happily.

1. Is nutrition really important?

Yes, indeed nutrition is extremely important. The old saying still stands, “ You are what you eat!” If you eat a balanced diet of whole, natural foods, you will have little trouble remaining healthy and strong. Whole foods support your immune system and nourish your body. Junk food is filled with artificial ingredients, chemicals and refined and processed ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and refined flour. These ingredients have little nutrition and will not support growth, health and a properly functioning immune system. In fact, these types of ingredients are detrimental to good health.

2. Can I eat more than 1200 calories per day?

Yes! Regardless of whether you are a man, woman or teen, you should eat more than 1200 calories a day. Understand that the official diet for concentration camp prisoners at Auschwitz consisted of 1300 calories per day for people performing light labor. This was a purposely unbalanced, insufficient, diet specifically designed to induce a decline in health and death within three months. There is a good reason why low calorie diets do not work. They do not support good health. By eating a satisfying whole food diet and engaging in moderate exercise daily, you will easily maintain a proper weight without being overly concerned about calories.

3. What is the biggest problem in regards to getting proper nutrition?

In situations in which access to high quality foods is not limited, the biggest problem is lack of information. People in the U.S. are bombarded with misinformation intended to induce them to purchase foods that are not good for them. Armed with the correct information, most people in developed countries and in natural, rural settings can eat well and get proper nutrition.

4. Must I avoid junk food entirely?

No, this is not necessary. If you generally eat a well balanced diet consisting of whole foods, you can certainly enjoy junk food from time to time (although you probably won’t want it after you have become used to a healthful whole foods way of eating). Just start eating natural whole foods again at the next meal. You will not suffer any dire consequences.

5. If I eat a whole foods diet, will I have to eat differently than my friends when I go out?

No! Simply choose the most healthful item on the menu if you want to follow the whole food eating plan when you go out. It may not be perfect as a whole food, but just make the best choice you can and go back to your whole foods way of eating when you get back home.

By enjoying a simple, natural, nutritious whole foods way of eating, you can attain and maintain your ideal weight without a great deal of effort and without counting calories. A whole foods diet consisting of mostly vegetables and about one quarter whole grains and one quarter high quality, lean protein source will provide you with excellent nutrition and support you in enjoying a happy and healthy life.



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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Sorry it took me so long to approve your comment. I didn't get notice of it! :)

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    James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

    Thank you for this needful and excellent article. I think your advice is sensible and spot on. Well done!

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Tina! Yes, people really need to step back and see how we are being managed for fun and profit. Today we are kept so busy running around putting out artificial fires that fewer and fewer people have the time or knowledge to really take care of themselves and their homes, to create food for themselves, or to practice many of the other life skills that were considered essential less than 50 years ago. The fact that critical thinking has been removed from the school curriculum makes the new generation of Americans sitting ducks for commercial predation.

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    Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

    I totally agree with you and I getting very tired of reading about all the diets that are supposed to make us look thinner. Some diets seems to be advertised in order to make us believe that the particular diet is the only way to have a long and healthy life! I believe in eating everything with moderation and to adjust the exercise after the amount of food we eat. Many great advices here and it is a joy to read about the benefits from a well balanced diet.

    Voted up, useful and interesting


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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! Yes, convincing people that plain and simple good eating is a bad thing is very big business. Businesses make money selling junk (sometimes disguised as "health" food) that makes people sick so that they have to spend money on doctors and pharmaceuticals. It's a vicious cycle, but it's easy to step outside of it and take control of your health by simply eating only actual food and getting moderate exercise on a regular basis. Thanks for your comment! :)

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Great advice, Suzanne! This is a well written article with lots of truth and wisdom to it. I agree with that old saying "you are what you eat". It does affect your body's health, but if you eat those "junk" foods moderately (rarely) it will not harm you. I believe that a healthy diet of wholesome food choices coupled with exercise and positive outlook makes for a better lifestyle. Voted up, up!

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! I'm glad you like it, and keep up with those whole foods! It's what we're meant to eat! :)

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    Barry Cross 5 years ago from York, UK

    Love the Hub! I am an avid wholefoods eater and 100% agree with you. Juicing with wholefoods is also a great way to lose/maintain weight and deal with health issues.

    Jack La Lane lived to 96 years young so theres proof in the pudding. Voted up, useful and socially shared.

    Cheers, Barry :)

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! :)

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    VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    It's good you mentioned about the amount of calories we can consume, as this one confuses me at times. Your common sense approach to nutrition is one I resonate with.

    Voted up!

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Yes, if you are very active, you should consume greater levels of calories; however, nobody should consume less than 1200 calories a day. Simply eat healthful foods instead of junk, and the body will have no trouble turning 1200 calories into energy instead of fat. Personally, I abhor counting calories, carbs or anything else. I just follow the Fill Your Plate method and stay in pretty good shape! :)

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    BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

    Yes, nutrition is very important. And I agree that many people are confused about what is healthy and what is not due to the bombardment of advertisement labels. They should be teaching more about nutrition in schools.

    The amount of calorie to eat depends upon the size and activity level. What is more important is what you eat rather than how many calories.