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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Good Nutrition: The Better Way To Eat!

food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpk...
food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpkin seeds, barley, buckwheat flour, low-fat vanilla yogurt, trail mix, halibut steaks, garbanzo beans, lima beans, soybeans, and spinach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Isaac Sean


Nutrition is a general term that refers to the process by which animals and plants take in and utilize essential elements found in food. Sadly, much of the food consumed today is low on the essential compounds needed for healthy bodies and minds.

While the tips and tricks that your friends offer you can be incredibly helpful, remember that you don't have the same life as them. If something they do just won't fit into your life, don't kill yourself trying to make it work. Instead, find another healthy alternative, and apply that to your eating regimes instead.



Balance your daily diet against your body's composition. If you use a body fat scale, you can see what percentage of your weight is fat, muscle, and water. For optimum health, you want to keep a low body fat percentage. If yours is high, reduce the amount of fat in your diet. If your muscle mass percentage is high, consider increasing the amount of protein in your diet, to feed that muscle.

Children naturally want to be involved in whatever their parents are doing. You should involve your children in preparing healthy meals, filling their lunch boxes, and making healthy snacks. This also provides a great opportunity for you to teach them about the nutritional value of food and how to make healthy choices.

When you are craving a glass of fruit juice, you should consider having a small piece of fresh fruit instead. This will curb your craving and it will also keep you full for much longer. If you must drink fruit juice, try to drink a diet or 100 percent natural version.

Always be aware of your sugar intake. Many times people will drink juice thinking it's a nutritional choice, when really it can be filled with sugar. Some juices actually contain more sugar then a can of pop. Read the food labels of everything you eat, and if it has a lot of sugar, skip it.

Just as no one is great at football or painting the first time they try, no one is good at nutrition naturally. We have to teach ourselves how to be nutritious and this comes with practice. This means you have to start learning many new skills in your life.

One of the best ways to keep track of what you are actually putting into your body is a food journal. There are many applications for smart phones that can help you with this. If you aren't tech savvy all you need is a notebook and a pen and you can start writing what you have been eating.

Those are sensible suggestions right? You probably agree. The hard part is actually following through on the advice. It's probably not realistic to think that you can suddenly bring to bear all of these suggestions; but why not resolve now that you will diligently apply at least one or two of the tips?




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