The Role of Food
Truly, that is its only intent. It is meant to provide essential nutrients that work to support internal bodily process and nutrify major organs.
It provides us with energy and is essential for the proper physical development of children.
Somewhere along the way, we have seriously lost touch with this fact. Of course, the endless rows of goodies at the supermarket, and unlimited choices of junk food have not helped us in any way.
Healthy eating still eludes many of us, as America struggles with obesity and lifestyle choices are the leading cause of premature death from diseases like that of the heart that result from them.
• 35.1% of adults age 20 or older were obese in 2012
• 69% of adults age 20 or older were overweight or obese in 2012, that’s more than 50% of the US population!
Children as young as 5 years old are being diagnosed with obesity, which maybe the biggest tragedy of all.
According to the Centers For Disease Control:
• Obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
• In 2012, more than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Of course, poor eating habits put you at risk for more than just obesity because when the body does not have proper nutrition, it poses other serious health risks.
The National Institutes of Health advises that hypertension (high blood pressure) can result from poor nutrition. Hypertension is often diagnosed until it damages the body beyond repair.
Too much salt, sugar, and fatty processed food can cause hypertension.
Experts advise that foods high in salt, cholesterol and fat increase chances for stroke. Strokes occur when plaque builds up in a blood vessel and then breaks free when a clot travels to the brain and creates blockage. Stroke can result in paralysis and death.
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Poor nutrition leads to high cholesterol
Poor nutrition leads to high cholesterol, which is the main cause of heart disease, the #1 killer of Americans. More than 500,000 people die each year in the US from heart disease, typically caused by a high fat diet. Some of the culprit foods are excesses of beef, sweets, ice cream, and processed high fat foods.
It is painful and leads to permanent joint damage. Poor nutrition is a contributing factor to gout.
Foods high in uric acid include whole milk, cheese, ice cream and some seafood.
Experts, like those at the National Institutes of Health advise that poor nutrition is a high risk factor for breast, colon and bladder cancers, just to name a few.
A diet that is high in refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, nitrates in hot dogs and bacon, and fatty foods like French fries put you at risk for cancer. Conversely, it is fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants that help protect cells in the body decrease risk for cancer.
A diet rich in antioxidants is key to maintaining proper health and preventing a wide range of diseases.
No doubt, you have repeatedly heard that you should eat healthy and which foods constitute “healthy foods,” this information may not be sinking in or it may not be enough.
All of us have eating habits, and for many these habits or patterns are not conducive to good health. Evaluating your eating habits closely is an important step in improving your diet for the better.
Change your bad habits
Make the necessary changes before it is too late, as prevention is worth a thousand cures.
Make small changes every week, instead of drastic shifts where you will feel the biggest impact. Make a list of all the foods you need to cut down on in your diet, and keep cutting one out each week.
- Be mindful of your eating habits and commit to change at least one each week.
- Ask for help and support from family and friends.
- Educate yourself on what are healthy foods, and the food groups.
- Make friends with healthy eaters, they can be your best support and role models for changing bad habits.
- Keep a list of all the changes you need to make and look it over every day to keep this information at the forefront of your mind.
- Use positive affirmations to instill a healthier thought process toward food and eating as thoughts and believes guide our behavior.
Keep with it and before you know it, new healthy choices and patterns will become habits, just as the old unhealthy ones once were.
Certainly, these efforts are worth your while, as life is short and we should enjoy it at our very best!
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