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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.