Why Do We Eat the Way We Do?
Do you “eat to live” or “live to eat”? For most of us, the fist is certainly true—you must eat to live. But there may be times when our enjoyment of food is more important to us than the nourishment we get from it. Factors such as age, gender, genetic makeup, occupation, lifestyle, family and cultural background affect our daily food choices. We use food to project a desired image, forge relationships, express friendship, show creativity, and display our feelings. We cope with anxiety or stress by eating or not eating; we reward ourselves with food for a good grade or a job well done; or in extreme cases, we punish failures by denying ourselves the benefit and comfort of eating.
How Many Calories Do I need?
Your calorie needs are UNIQUE to you and depend on a number of factors, including your age, sex, metabolism, activity level, and body size. Therefore 2000 calories is not for everyone.
If you want to maintain your weight and lose body fat, a Registered Dietitian will design a meal plan with you to deliver balanced nutrition and the right amount of calories to keep your weight stable and lose fat. If you need to lose weight, your daily calories will deliver balanced nutrition and help you to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week without compromising lean body mass or energy. Studies have shown that losing weight too quickly makes it difficult to keep off. The faster you lose it, the faster you will put it back on. But 1 to 2 pounds per week is perfect for optimal results.
How does a Vegetarian diet differ from a Vegan diet?
Vegetarian diets, which contain no meat (beef, pork, poultry, or fish and shellfish), are naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and full of vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds. A multitude of scientific studies have shown that vegetarian diets have remarkable health benefits and can help prevent certain diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Vegan diets contain no animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal products). Vegan diets contain no cholesterol and even less fat, saturated fat, and calories than vegetarian diets because they exclude dairy and eggs.
How do my Food Choices Provide Essential Nutrients?
The foods we choose do more than provide us with an adequate diet. The balance of energy sources found in carbohydrates, fat, and protein can be broken down completely (metabolized) to yield energy in a form that cells can use.
What is a Healthy Diet?
A “healthy diet” is one that provides enough of each essential nutrient, contains a variety of foods from all of the basic food groups, provides adequate energy to maintain a healthy weight, and does not contain excess fat, sugar, salt or alcohol.
How is food digested?
Digestion begins in the mouth, when we chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine. Digestion involves the mixing of food, its movement through the digestive tract, and the breakdown of food into smaller molecules. The digestive process varies for different kinds of food.
Should I eliminate food groups?
If you answer yes to this, you are setting yourself up for failure. Our bodies are too smart and efficient to be deprived of any necessary nutrients for extended periods of time.
What Does the Term Natural Mean?
“Natural health” products do not contain harmful preservatives, food coloring, harsh chemicals, growth hormones and/or pesticides, all of which have been linked to degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It is known that there are over 10,000 food additives, preservatives, and colorings, most of which are synthetic, in our food supply today. They are used to enhance taste, prolong shelf life and alter the color or nutritional value of the product