How to Understand Your Diet
If you care about your body and enjoy food, it is important to understand your diet and learn some things about the foods you eat and nutrition. Many people think that food is the same thing as nutrition and vice versa, but they are two different but related topics.
Food is considered anything in your diet that you eat or drink on a regular basis and your body can absorb it to allow your body to repair itself and grow. Food is carries the nutrients that your body needs.
Nutrition refers to the study of how the nutrients in food and in your body.
New discoveries in nutrition are covered widely in the media each and every day. Newspapers, the internet, radio and TV cover stories on how foods and certain nutrients can aid in mans fight against obesity, heart disease and various forms of cancer.
Everywhere we turn, we are faced with colorful advertisements and commercials that bombard us with images of happy people eating fast foods such as burgers, pizza, sodas and the list goes on. A few times each day as we get hungry or thirsty we stop what we are doing and reach for many of these products in order to get rid of our thirst or hunger.
Everyone wants to eat healthy, but in our ever changing and fast paced society, doing so is not always as easy as we would like. Since our food affects our overall health and determines the condition of our bodies it is beneficial to understand a bit about nutrition and how the foods we eat can benefit our physical and mental well being.
Once you learn which foods can benefit you the most, you can determine ways to pick the right foods, plan your meals and setup your daily diet.
Diet. Whenever anyone hears that word, images of bland, tasteless foods and starving ourselves come into our minds. It doesn’t have to be that way. Your diet is basically the foods and drinks that you usually eat. So if you eat Oreo’s and milk, that is your diet.
When you understand your diet and create a good diet of healthy foods you can benefit your overall physical and mental health. Physically your body will feel and function better. Understanding the part nutrition plays in the foods you select for your diet, can help you avoid feelings of guilt or worry whenever you do reach for a burger or soda. Those things aren’t bad but should be taken in moderation. If they are a staple in your diet, and you want to get healthier, those foods will work against you. There is nothing wrong with going out for pizza and beer with friends, but if you do it a lot, then it may be a problem.
The science of nutrition and most of the knowledge learned from research has been around since the early 1900’s. There are a lot of things that are know, but there is also so much that is unknown.
Many reports about the foods you should eat for better health come from nutrition research and can often times appear to contradict each other. This has led to a explosive rise in the number of “magic pills” or vitamins and diet plans that flood our media as the best way to perfect health and a lean trim body.
Remember each person is different, and the wide variety of foods we eat in our diet will affect us differently. So take some time to learn about nutrition and understand your diet so that you can make good informed choices on the foods to eat. Knowing which foods will benefit you the best will help you build and maintain a strong healthy body that you can use to help you enjoy your life.