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Mrs. Coury and Mrs. McNellie
October 3, 2016
Healthy eating, Healthy life
There is always the question on how to improve our health, and what benefits or harms our bodies. One of the answers of these questions is our eating behaviors. Healthy eating has become a main topic during this last century. The reason for this is because scientific research has found that many diseases are caused by bad eating habits such as a small intake of full of nutrients food like vegetables and fruits and a big intake of high fat, high sugar foods like fast food. Poor eating habits have been shown since childhood since parents aren’t always really aware about the gravity of bad eating behaviors which can cause serious health problems that not only include diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart issues, etc. but also malnutrition and deficit of important vitamins.
Since childhood we have learned a lot of things from our parents, but are they good or bad habits that children have learned through their lives? Healthy eating starts at home. Bad eating habits have become very common in American families. Parents are not setting a good example for their children when it comes to eating habits. Most of the children are getting used to limit their vegetables and fruit consumption. Instead of good, homemade food, they are increasing their consumption of fast food for every meal. In addition to this, parents are not encouraging their kids to be more active; a sedentary lifestyle has become another big issue in today’s society, and adding this to their bad eating habits can result in several problems that affect a kid’s health.
Although parents need to be aware of this problem, the best decision they can make is to teach their child how to eat and offer them a variety of healthful foods, then allow them to make decisions about what and how much to eat. According to by Susan L. Johnson, a nutritionist, “controlling a child’s eating habits is counterproductive” (Evers).Parents give their children the power to self-regulate their eating by allowing them to make decisions about what and how much to eat. This would create a good eating environment even when the parents are not present, and it would be long term.
School is the other place where a kid can obtain her/his good or bad habits from since this is the place where they spend most of their day around other kids and teachers. Some parents are concerned about the food that is being offered in the school cafeteria, and that’s why school-based programs can play an important role in promoting lifelong healthy eating that would lead to the improvement of dietary practices that affect a young person’s health, growth, and intellectual development.
Being aware of the problems that can develop from bad eating habits is really important. For example, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is presented as having no cure, but studies have shown that both physical activity and a healthy diet can help keep blood pressure at healthy levels. For this type of illness one of the recommendations is to adhere as closely as possible to a Mediterranean-type diet, which focuses on vegetables, legumes, fish and whole grains. A recent study found that “older adults who eat more fish appear to have healthier bones than people who eat less fish” ("Eat more fish to help preserve bone health”). Benefits of eating fish at least twice a week include reductions in heart disease risk, reduction in blood pressure and elasticity of blood vessels.
There is a lot of articles and information everywhere on what really “eating healthy” means, and there is not an exactly answer for this. There are several dietary recommendations for macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as foods and food groups. A healthy diet may be different for everyone, the recommendations of a person with diabetes are not going to be the same as a person without any problem so that’s why instead of consulting on the internet, it is better to go for a professional help before taking any decision on your diet. Obviously there are certain parameters that a healthy person is meant to follow, as the consumption of good nutritional and low calorie food like fruits and vegetables, protein like lean meat, chicken and fish (which also can be replaced by legumes for a vegetarian option), dairy and carbohydrates. When consumed in moderation, all foods can be consumed as part of a healthy diet, making it difficult to tablet specific foods as “good” or “bad”. It is all about balance.
Changing your eating behaviors it’s hard, but at the end it will be worth it. Starting with simple things can improve your overall health and it would be beneficial for your body long term. Little changes are always better than no changes, some of the small strategies that will make a significant nutritional improvements on your health are switching from soft drinks to water as soft drinks contain too much sugar on them, and these drinks are only adding more calories that you do not need, and that are empty calories, with no nutritional value. Always to eat breakfast will keep you more satisfied during the day and that would prevent overeating during the day or night. Also, eating breakfast will make your metabolism start functioning and it will give you the energy to go through the day. Avoiding processed food as possible should be encouraged always. Sometimes we get convinced that a “whole grain” cereal is 100% healthy, but that is wrong as the popular cereal boxes reveal ingredients such as artificial sugars, artificial dyes or trans fat. Rolled oats, sliced almonds, raisins or dried fruit is always a much healthier option. This doesn’t mean that processed food is untouchable, sometimes there is no time for making something natural, but the key on this is to keep balance and avoid it whenever you can. Making these little changes and other non-mentioned will keep your body healthier. Parents should learn more about these topics, to be an example and encourage their children to follow their steps. s).Parents give their children the power to self-regulate their eating by allowing them to make decisions about what and how much to eat. This would create a good eating environment even when the parents are not present, and it would be long term.
There is a lot of articles and information everywhere on what really “eating healthy” means, and there is not an exactly answer for this. There are several dietary recommendations for macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as foods and food groups. A healthy diet may be different for everyone, the recommendations of a person with diabetes are not going to be the same as a person without any problem so that’s why instead of consulting on the internet, it is better to go for a professional help before taking any