Do we understand what our nutritional requirements are, how to fulfill those requirements, and how to look for real nutritional value in our foods?  I’m not sure that nutrition has been successfully addressed in its own right.  We hear nutrition in relation to our vitamin intake, our fortified juices, cereals and milk, and in the context that we need “nutritional value” from our food choices.

But what really is nutrition when applied to our daily bodily functions?
Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do.  Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes
How do we determine that we are providing the essential nutritional needs?  That knowledge comes by educating ourselves about what our individual needs are, the needs of our family, and then taking that knowledge and applying it to the foods we buy, that we prepare, and that our families consume.

It’s funny that at school we skip the most important, fundamental building block to good health:
Healthy eating and healthy food preparation. But that is because we did not need that before.
In the past, food was simple, natural and selection was instinctive.
We had lost that with the development of the fast food industry. Bad nutrition receives more advertising dollars than healthy nutritional options, and is often more visible. 

Today, Nutrition is a concept that should be as important to our educational process as our ability to count. The ability to recognize our nutritional requirements, find the foods we need to fulfill those requirements, and differentiate between healthy food consumption and “unhealthy” eating habits is not an option.  Not for a healthy, happy, long, and quality life

What we should absorb as we travel along life’s daily path is a way to incorporate good nutrition into our lifestyle, by eradicate the misconception that healthy food is expensive, complicated to prepare, inconvenient.
Nutrition is one of the most complex areas to gain useful knowledge about, because there are so many components, and because each person has their own individual needs.  Women needs differ from those of men, and older women’s needs differ from those of young girls. Athletes needs differ from those sitting in front of the computer all day. As we age, our needs constantly change; therefore continual education about nutrition is a fact of life.
The nutritional needs of a diabetic patient are different than those of a healthy, middle-aged biker.  Not to say that each individual daily caloric need may be different depending on the activity, exercise or stress level he or she is having that day.
Can you see the complexity of the situation now? That is why a lot of the diets do not work. There is no such thing as one fit all.
What we really need is to listen to the nutritional needs of our bodies, so that as we age, as our physical condition changes, or our health changes, we can adjust our nutritional needs based on changes of our body. Education is the key to fulfilling those nutritional needs. Good nutrition should be the ultimate goal of every person alive.


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All information on this site is of a general nature and is furnished for your knowledge and understanding only. This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice pertaining to your specific health and medical condition.