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NUTRITIONAL

Eating with a Purpose

October 1, 2010

Hair Salons

Information overload regarding what we should eat and drink has thrust us onto a merry-go-round of confusion and illness. Lack of time, lack of exercise and high levels of stress are common excuses for poor eating habits. 

According to Dr. Chris Greene, (wakeuptonutrition.com) the food world has dramatically changed. The human body requires good nutrition to perform at its best each day. The food pyramid has been used in a variety of ways to educate Americans regarding nutrition, but it appears to pose several challenges when used to identify categories of food. It is also misleading, in that it encourages a high consumption of carbohydrates, which has been linked to astronomical rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

That said, we must teach ourselves how to eat. There are only three categories of food to consider: Proteins, Fats and Carbohydrates. Proteins (40-60 grams per day) should be consumed in the form of meat, fish, eggs, chicken, nuts, seeds and dairy products. Fats (the amount varies depending on what you eat) should be consumed in the form of avocados, coconut, olives, nut oils, butter and cream.  Carbohydrates (80-100 grams per day) should be consumed in the form of vegetables, beans, grains, and fruits. Organic dairy products, fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and wild fish should be consumed if possible, because they contain more beneficial nutrients for a balanced diet.

It is time to get off the merry-go-round! The movement towards more responsible eating is growing.  You must educate yourself about what you are eating. Key idea: Learn to identify your food by preparing meals at home. Meals eaten outside the home are normally too high in calories and too low in good nutrition for your body. If you can’t identify your food, you probably shouldn’t eat it!  Start today to change your eating and change your life!

Dawn Ann Jameson

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