October 8, 2009
Everyone understands by now that having a good diet is important. But what does good eating habits really mean? The thing about nutrition is that it seems like everyone agrees it is important, but no one really knows what it means. Are carbs important or fattening? Can you drink too much water? Even the so-called experts are divided about nutrition and what it means for people everywhere. Hopefully, these facts about nutrition will help you find a healthier diet and a healthier lifestyle.
Nutrition is all about calories. Calories are measured by the amount of energy burned. For instance, while an apple has 100 calories, and water has 0 calories, obviously an apple will give your body more “energy”. This is different from “feeling” more energetic, though calories have a lot to do with it. Calories are the fuel and when you eat more than you burn, you will gain weight. When you eat less, you lose weight. This isn’t true in every single case, but when we’re talking about nutrition and weight it’s the right place to start.
Not all calories are created equal. This is an important fact about nutrition. This is something we all seem to understand, albeit in a vague manner. We understand that a piece of fruit is better for you than a cheeseburger. Those discrepancies are easy. But what about a piece of ham or an egg? The difference in calories and calorie values isn’t so simple. Luckily, there are plenty of web sites about nutrition that list calorie values for all foods, as well as the quality of calories.
So how can you improve your diet without following a bunch of complicated lists and formulas? Here are a few guidelines about nutrition an nutritional value. Opt for fresh rather than canned fruits or vegetables (frozen are good too). When looking at prepared food from a supermarket, the less ingredients, the better. In fact, you are better off making meals from scratch and controlling the different ingredients that you add for maximum nutritional value.
Knowing as much as you can about nutrition will help your health, your mood, and obviously your body. Stay away from the obvious targets: fast food and junk food. But beware of supposed “health” foods as they often give you just a different kind of food lacking in nutritional value. The best way to improve your diet is to be as hands-on and selective as you can about your food – this means fresh ingredients that you select and cook yourself. This might be more work, but your body will thank you.
For more information on taking care of your body, feel free to contact our Union City Chiropractic Office. We are also located in San Lorenzo and Fremont, CA.