The Relationship with your food, what you need to know.

I've started taking a nutrition course & am loving all the information I am learning.

Understanding that your DIET is the food you eat and NUTRITION refers to the ingestion of foods & their relationship to health.  This is so important to your relationship with food. Stress can impact how, what, and why you eat what you eat.  It is important to note that the connection between stress and nutrition and the effects of stress can cause on your eating habits.

Did you know that the Food Plate replaced the Food Pyramid?  I honestly didn't know that!  It's simple nutrition with a focus on eating more fruits & vegetables (half of your plate), and incorporating the appropriate amount of grains, proteins, and dairy.

Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the US are overweight or obese.  Behavior (eating habits, exercise patterns and stress influences), environment (fast food available, individual does not how to create healthy meals, high-calorie vending machine), cultural, affordability, family gatherings, super-size options, technology and genetics are the factors that cause an individual to become overweight or obese.

We are also not aware of where our food is originated.  We eat toxic, irradiated, or genetically altered foods, and we eat more than we need.  Choosing organic food is an effective way to avoid the effects of pesticides.  You also need to be conscious of how foods are stored and the types of materials in which they are stored.  A small tip, plastic containers have a small triangle containing a recylcling number of 1,2, 4, 5 are the best!  "5, 4, 1, 2...all the rest are bad for you."  Did you know that 65-70% of foods in the grocery stores have been genetically modified?  The only way to combat that is buying certified organic.

Taking supplements should not substitute a healthy, sensible diet.  However you may need to include supplements because nowadays, the soil is less nutrient-rich, many individuals do not eat a balanced diet, and foods contain many other toxins & addiditives.

The average American meal has traveled between 1500-2500 miles before it arrives on your plate.  You can reduce global warming by eating unprocessed, fresh food because it requires less packaging & uses less resources to produce, freeze, can, or dry.  Buy local and in-season foods.  Reduce conventional meat & dairy consumption, because millions of animals are raised in inhumane and unsanitary concentrated feeding operations and animal waste is not recycled but instead concentrated in large manure lagoons that release methane gas and seep into ground water.

Creating & sustaining a healthy lifestyle involves a healthy diet low in fat with sufficient protein & carbs, eaten in proper portions (about half of which are fruits & vegetables), and complemented by healthy movement & physical activity.  Successes need to be rewarded, but not with more food!

More nutrition information to come...can't wait to share!

Grace Martinez
Run 2 Be Fit