Proper nutrition, however, entails eating many different foods, monitoring your consumption of some food and beverage items, and counting calories.
BY SHARLENE EDWARDS, MPH, RN, CIC, Health & Wellness Coach
Our physical shape is dictated to us as well as anything else: dressing according to the latest fashion, dating the best person, eating the right food, frequenting the best spots. What is the right food, I wonder? Do you open your refrigerator, and foods just jump into your lap, screaming: “I am good for your health! Eat me!” No help from the fridge?
Don’t worry, because precisely at this point, tons of excellent articles and health books will appear to help you. Before you know it, your head is overloaded with useful advice on the greatest diets, best cosmetics, and safest gym routines – this is when you lose control instead of gaining it. Your head is spinning, ready to blow up any second, too much information (this would be a good time for me to tell you about a perfect diet, just kidding).
This is the point when you should stop. First things first, take a deep breath. Have you ever considered that perhaps you need not another diet? Could there be any chance at all that all you need is good nutrition in the right balance? Correct nutrition can help reduce the risk of countless health-related problems, the most frightening of which are surely heart disease and cancer.
Proper nutrition, however, entails eating many different foods, monitoring your consumption of some food and beverage items, and counting calories. Good diets offer balanced nutrition that reduces cholesterol, blood pressure, and helps with weight control.
Whether you are at your ideal weight or striving to reach your weight goal, what you don’t need is another gimmick or weight-loss scam. What you need is some good ‘ole food to fuel your body. Not just any food, but whole, balanced foods with tons of nutrients! You know the kind your mom wanted to feed you, but you were too stubborn to eat? Yeah, that! Get into it!
Sharlene Edwards, aka Nurse Shar, is a public health practitioner and community advocate with a master’s degree in public health epidemiology. For more blog posts, visit www.mybetterlivingllc.com.