Feel better and live longer – How? Get Educated!
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A well nourished body will help us live a full life. We all know we should eat ‘healthy’ foods, and live a ‘healthy’ life-style. Both can prevent and even reverse many chronic diseases. Unfortunately, in today’s world, figuring out how to do that can be a daunting challenge. We are bombarded with nutrition ‘facts’ that end up being just another trend. We are told to avoid ‘this’ food or consume more of ‘that’. We are told to eat more fruits and vegetables, and to eat clean. Paleo, vegan, gluten free, DASH, high carb, high protein…
Counting nutrients consumed will reveal any imbalances in your diet that can be easily corrected, hopefully before disease sets in.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is defined as: the average daily level of intake sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people.
Most people do not get the RDA of fiber, magnesium, potassium, along with vitamins A, C, D, and E if eating the standard American diet. Even if you are careful not to eat the “bad” foods you may still be missing some important nutrients in your daily diet.
Once you learn how to shift your focus on total nutrition in foods rather than just calories, carbs, and proteins, you will be on the road to long lasting health.
While it is true that a balance of calories consumed and used maintains weight, the nutrition in your choice of calories is equally important. A 200 calorie snack of cheese and crackers will be higher in saturated fats and sodium with little fiber, vitamins and minerals. A 200 calorie snack of dried berries and nuts will have unsaturated fats, several vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and many other phytonutrients (a fancy name for newly discovered nutrients we only get from plant foods). Clearly, quality is more important than quantity.
The same is true for carbohydrates as it is for calories. A 1.5 oz serving of bakery or home made white bread will have about 20 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, 110 calories and very little vitamins and minerals. A 1.5 oz serving of beans will have only 11 grams of carbohydrate but boasts nearly 4 grams of fiber, only 60 calories, several of the B vitamins, and many important minerals. Quality wins again.
Studies conducted on the people who live the healthiest the longest reveal that a diet based on whole, nutrient-dense foods (mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts) along with a healthy, active lifestyle is the best defense against aging. We focus on emulating the folks who are the happiest and healthiest the longest. .