Nutrition. What is it and what does it mean for each one of us?
I’m sure most of our thoughts go straight to “superfoods that must be a part of your diet in 2017”, “top five foods to help you get a beach-bod” or some variation of these fad diets. But, lets just concentrate on “Healthy eating.”
In my nutrition counselling practice over the last six years, I’ve come to understand that each of our bodies respond differently to different kinds of foods and diets. Much like exercise, we need to understand what works for us and what doesn’t. We need to understand that One size doesn’t work for all of us!!
I am a strong believer of including as much variety in the diet as possible. Not only does this ensure that we ingest a wide array of nutrients but also keeps us from getting bored of a diet.
There are several nutrition tips to discuss but I’d like to elaborate on two that I think are very significant.
Carbohydrates are good for us; we just need to pick the right ones. Most of the food we eat contains a large amount of carbohydrate. Fruits, many vegetables, cereals, grains, pulses, all these food groups contribute to our carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are essential for our bodies to function. Every cell in the body requires energy to keep us alive and functioning. Where does this energy come from? – glucose or sugar which is the end product of carbohydrate metabolism. Fibre content in food is what sets apart the good and bad carbs. Some examples of good carbs to include in your diet are red/ brown rice, wheat flour, millet, sweet potatoes and lentils.
Keep track of what goes in your food. This will mean cooking your own meals for the most part. Take it from me, cooking is an amazing way to destress and gives you a huge sense of satisfaction knowing that every ingredient in the recipe is known to you. Restricting meals that aren’t cooked at home is a great way to cut down on your calorie intake. Cooking for yourself and your family allows you to choose ingredients, quantities and methods of cooking based on personal requirements.
There’s a lot to learn about good nutrition and everyone of us has a specific requirement that we can understand by experimenting with different foods. Don’t let fad diets define the way you eat. When it comes to having a healthy, balanced diet, moderation is key.
About Anandini Swaminathan – She has a Master’s in Medical Science degree from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Research Associate at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore.
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