What is Nutrition, and Why is it a Fundamental Pillar of Our Health?

What is Nutrition, and Why is it a Fundamental Pillar of Our Health? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the science of what (and how much) we eat. As a registered dietitian, I use a wealth of evidence-based information to help people make their best eating choices. Dietitians work in a variety of settings, from doctors’ offices and hospitals to college and professional sports organizations and public health facilities. We all need to eat well to live well, so anyone can benefit from consulting with an expert. Sometimes a few quick nutrition tips from a professional can make a significant difference in your well-being. A diabetic patient who is having trouble controlling their blood sugar, for example, may see almost immediate improvement upon adjusting their portion sizes. We also help people who are having trouble losing weight, as well as patients who are recovering from eating disorders.

Nutrition Is The Science of What We Eat (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Why is a Balanced Diet Important?

A balanced diet is one that meets all of your body’s nutritional needs. That means you’re consuming the right number of calories, healthy fats, and other nutrients in your meals every day. For the majority of people, a balanced diet means veggies and fruit, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. You’ll notice that what it doesn’t include is junk food. That’s not to say you can never enjoy a burger and fries or a sweet dessert, but those things shouldn’t make up the bulk of your diet.

It’s Easier To Make Healthy Eating Choices. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Developing Healthy Eating Habits

There’s so much information about what we should (and shouldn’t) be eating that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It’s impossible to keep up with the latest diet trends, as it seems like they change every day. Here are a few common-sense tips for making good choices at meals and snack time.

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Keep Your Protein Lean

Choose lean protein foods like fish, seafood, chicken, and beans as your primary sources of protein. While it’s okay to enjoy red meat on occasion, it shouldn’t be one of your everyday foods. If you dine out frequently, swap your burger for a grilled chicken sandwich and your steak for salmon or tuna.

Reach for Whole Grains

Whole grains are more nutritious than refined grains, and since they contain more fiber, they can be more filling too. When you’re shopping for bread, cereal, and pasta, scan the packages and nutrition labels for “whole wheat” or “whole grain” for the healthiest choices.

Go for the Green

Leafy green vegetables, like spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce, are an excellent source of fiber and important vitamins. Don’t worry — they don’t have to be boring. Try homemade baked kale chips with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. You can even add red pepper flakes or a little parmesan.

Green Foods Are Excellent Source Of Fiber And Vitamins. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Snacks Are Your Friends!

Snacking is not a bad habit, as long as you make good choices. Having a snack can help you maintain your energy level and prevent you from overeating at your next meal. Reach for snacks that are healthy and filling, like mixed nuts, low-fat cheese, raw veggies and hummus, or a piece of fresh fruit.

Take a Shortcut

If you find you don’t have a ton of time and energy to cook (or if you just hate it!), you might enjoy subscribing to a meal delivery kit. Splendid Spoon brings delicious plant-based meals like smoothies and grain bowls right to your doorstep. It’s an excellent way to work tons of nutritious fruits, veggies, and grains into your diet without hours of meal planning and grocery shopping.

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