In Search of Good Nutrition

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What to eat, what not to eat.  Good carbs, bad carbs, no carbs.  Eat more fish but watch the tuna.  Portion size, label reading.  It seems like a lot of work but the positive results of good nutrition is worth a little effort.  An excellent place to start is the MyPyramid website.  Remember the old food pyramid?  The emphasis was on grains and boy did we eat our grains.

The obesity rate in the U.S. is the highest it’s ever been.  This includes adults and children.  We know that we need food and that food is the fuel that keeps our body working.  As children we need food not only for energy needs but also to grow.  Adults need food (nutrients) to maintain and repair their body.  Each food and each food group offers unique nutrients.  The following recommendations are taken from www.Mypyramid.gov.

Eat at least 3 ounces of whole grain bread, cereal, crackers, rice or pasta daily.  Eat more dark green vegetables, eat more orange vegetables, and eat more dry beans and peas.  Eat a variety of fruit; choose fresh, frozen canned or dried fruit. Go easy on the fruit juices.  Milk, low fat or fat free, if you can’t consume milk chose lactose free products or other sources of calcium.  Meat and beans go lean on protein.  Chose low fat or lean meat and poultry, bake it, broil it or grill it.  Vary your choices with more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.  Each person has different calorie needs.  This definitely is not a one size fits all case.  This website will also help you calculate how many calories your body needs depending on your height, age and gender. Oh and don’t forget to climb the stairs.

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