Learn What “Good Nutrition” Really Is
One of the keys is to learn to evaluate the nutritional information you are hearing or reading and ask yourself the question as to where that information comes from. Then decide if that’s a reliable source of good nutrition advice or not.
The guy or gal standing on a soapbox waving a bottle of elixir in the air and boasting about how their magical product cures everything from grey hairs to cancer is a lot different than reading a scientific research report containing studies that back up those facts.
While both may be true, you need to question the information you are being fed and be as certain as you can be. It’s your health that we’re talking about here.
Let’s start with the some of the basics, the things most people learned in their early years of schooling – some of this has changed and it continues to change with new findings.
Good Nutrition Starts With the Basic Food Groups
First there was the food pyramid, then the new food pyramid.
You may already know the drill…
- 6-11 servings of the grains like bread, cereal, rice and pasta
- 2-3 servings from the fruit group
- 3-5 servings from the vegetable group
- 2-3 servings of the dairy like milk, yogurt, and cheese
- 2-3 servings of meat, eggs, nuts, eggs, beans
- Fats, oils, and sweets should be used sparingly
Now you might be thinking “No Big Deal” when you look back on what you eat through out the day but be careful here because serving size totally matters. Just look at cooked pasta for an example. Just one single cup of cooked pasta is two full servings but in the vegetable group, one cup is one serving; so you’ve got to be careful here because a “serving” can be a bit misleading.
Why the Difference in Amounts?
They do this because they think its fun to confuse the daylights out of you: Just kidding.
While the calorie count is roughly the same with one cup of pasta versus two cups of vegetables your body does not process food the same way. Calories from a cupcake are not the same kind of calories that you’d get eating an apple.
Let’s break this down for you so that it is easier to understand and most importantly, manage.
You Can Eat Good Nutritional Foods and Lose Weight
You might be thinking… Why does eating food for good nutrition so important with all the supplements and fad diets that are available today? One reason is because most junk foods, think fast food, will provoke an inflammatory response in our bodies. This inflammation is responsible for all sorts of problems like swelling of tissue, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
So, all calories are not the same by any stretch of the imagination.
Good nutrition will do the opposite by reducing inflammation. Instead of your body constantly fighting to try to repair itself, eating the healthy foods will allow your body to function at a more optimal level.
Consuming Good Nutrition:
- Provides your body with more energy
- Increases your metabolism to help you maintain a proper weight
- Repairs disease and dysfunction in the body
Basically put, good nutrition gives your body what it needs to heal and stay well.
Your body is truly an amazing machine and in many cases people can reverse damage that is already done to it. Many times, simply by changing your diet and begin fueling it with the nutrition it needs to thrive, people experience a reversal of the dis-ease that has been present.