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Why It Is Important To Eat Right

Jul 1, 2008
Eating right is important to your health and your family's health. The good news is that eating right is not difficult and just requires you to pay attention to a few basic considerations.

Healthy eating is comprised of a wide variety of foods with balanced meals that range with carbohydrates, proteins and fat. I've learned that being healthy is something you have to really want to do and work hard at to achieve. Even if you have a furnace for a metabolism so you can eat crap and stay skinny, skinny doesn't always mean healthy.

Your nutritional goals should work towards incorporating the following elements: Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, choose a diet that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and moderate in total fat, salt and sugar, choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains, eat a wide variety of foods, including foods from every food group, balance the calories you eat with those you burn. Be sure to see the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This comprehensive guide will help you set goals in line with current national recommendations.

For me, the frozen food route works best when trying to lose weight because the portions are controlled and it is so much easier to cook. Whether you want to lose weight, lower cholesterol or blood pressure, feel better, or set a better example for your family, its good to set a realistic goal (once you reach it you can always set another one). A good goal to strive for is drinking half an ounce of liquid (preferably water) for every pound of your body weight.

Hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes are all preventable, in part, by a lifelong healthy diet. "Good nutrition and a healthy diet are one of the most overlooked areas for healthy aging," says Dr. Wellman, director of the National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging at University of Souther California Berkeley. Poor nutrition in old age can evoke images of a frail pensioner prying open a can of cat food.

Yet, doctors often fail to screen older adults for nutritional risk, says researcher Nancy Wellman. Persistent oral health problems are linked with lower consumption of some foods and nutrients, and dental health is closely linked with nutrition status according to two Journal of American Dietetic Association studies.

Basically, if you eat right everyday you'll not only look better, you'll feel better too!
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