Nutrition confusion is what you should be feeling, if you read the nutrition basics
section. You are asked to develop some healthy diet habits
and you really want to do that, but you are asked to eat:
- Foods that contain protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. It would be good if you could eat them in proper balance too. How about 25% protein, 25% fat and 50% carbohydrates from your foods daily? Would that work for you? Make sure that you get the proper vitamins and minerals too! OK
- Foods from seven different categories: meats and beans, grains, fruits, vegetables, milk products, oils and the best one, discretionary calories. Each food type has a recommended amount that you must get daily. Make sure you balance these foods. Can you do that? OK
- Foods that contain a certain amount of calories per day. You all must balance calories, too. Calories in, must equal calories burned or you will gain or lose weight. Make sure you carry around that trusted calorie chart! Got it? OK
- Foods in correct portion sizes. You do not recognize correct portions anymore, so you must figure out a way to recognize them and make sure your portions are not distorted. OK
Are you confused yet? This list is overwhelming. These categories overlap one another, which can lead to further confusion. Milk contains protein, carbohydrate and fat. Which category should you put it in to make sure you are eating a balanced diet? Is it any wonder that 2/3 of our population is overweight or obese?
The majority of you do not understand nutrition and what it means to eat healthy? How could anyone understand this complicated system? How can you make Lifestyle Solutions and healthy diet habits?
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