Over the next few weeks we're going to discuss these mystery words in general and some of the reasons why it's important to understand a little about food and what its role is in your life. You might be surprised at how closely diet, health and disease can be related. Some of the diseases that can be attributed to diet are heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Poor nutrition can contribute to stunting and development problems and it can affect your quality of life - it can affect you both physically and mentally.
The science of nutrition and our guidelines are constantly changing and developing. There are many theories and thoughts on what you should eat and incorporate into your diet each day. Every 5 years in the United States a government group gets together and revamps the dietary guidelines. The latest revision was in 2010. You can go to this website here and read the current information.
Then I suggest you visit the Choose my Plate site here for more information and videos.
And finally, you might want to visit the Super Tracker site. I love the Super Tracker. First of all, it's a wealth of information. Second, you can choose from lists of food and input what you eat every day. Each food item will be broken down into fats, carbs, proteins, sodium, etc. You can input all kinds of information and track your meals and exercise and then pull up reports. This will give you the ability to actually see where you over eat or under eat every day. It really takes the guess work out of the areas you need to address. You'll be surprised when you see the breakdowns and find out where you are eating too much fat or sodium or perhaps not getting enough fruit or vegetables each day. Is it time consuming? Yes, it takes some time to get used to the program, but once you're familiar with it, I think you'll love it. Go check it out. I suggest giving it a week to get used to the site and inputting items, but it's well worth your time.
The more you learn about diet and nutrition, the easier it will be to take control of your life. Take some time this week to read a little of the information that's available to you on the 3 sites I suggested.
See you on Monday for your Diet Progress weigh in - Have a great week!
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.