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Eat To Live, Don't Live To Eat

Por Claudia M. González, MS, RD, LD/N* -
Eat To Live, Don't Live To Eat

Food provides your body with the energy required to stay alive. However, we often eat out of gluttony or boredom instead of for nourishment.

Because what you eat impacts your health, how much and what kind of food you eat plays an important role in your well-being. Healthy and well-balanced meals contribute to a full, healthy life.

Food plays a positive role

Food comes in many different forms. Yet it all contains nutrients that play different roles in our bodies, such as supplying cells with required energy, and serving as the raw material for growth, restoration, and maintenance of tissues and vital organs.
The seven vital components of food include: carbohydrates, fat, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. Your daily diet should include all these components in order to stay healthy. Many health disorders arise from an unbalanced diet, poorly planned daily meals, and lack of exercise.

Hunger and satisfaction ensure that your body gets the proper amount of food necessary to fulfill energy requirements. However, people often eat more than they need. This results in excess weight, obesity, and an increased risk of developing certain chronic illnesses.

Just the right amount

Learn to listen to your body, its needs, and your appetite, so you can receive proper nourishment. To fulfill your nutritional needs, eat a range of foods that belong to the following five categories:

  1. bread, cereals and other grain-based foods
  2. fruits
  3. vegetables
  4. meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and other sources of vegetable protein, such as beans, peas, nuts, and seeds
  5. dairy products

Eat three to five times a day instead of one big meal and several snacks. Never skip breakfast. Your body functions a lot better if you stay on a consistent meal schedule. People who don’t adhere to a regular eating schedule, of at least three meals a day, have a greater tendency to gain weight.

Your plan for success

Do you ever ask yourself why it’s so hard to lose weight and keep it off? Losing weight is easier than you may think. Planning your meals is the first step in improving your diet.

Keep a well-balanced diet in mind when shopping for groceries. Make your list ahead of time. Avoid adding junk food. You'll have an easier time resisting junk-food temptation if you don't buy it. For example, to help avoid eating chocolate or sweets, keep a healthy substitute on hand, like an apple or yogurt.

Programs such as MyDiet™ focus on the basics for achieving a well-balanced and healthy diet. MyDiet™ will get you away from fad diets by highlighting what your body needs from a nutritional standpoint. This program fosters changes in your lifestyle that guarantee success and prevent you from falling into a yo-yo cycle (one diet after another).

Eat to live. Don't live to eat! Give your body one of the best gifts that you can: a customized nutrition plan, optimum weight, and a healthy life.



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