The Importance Of Nutrition Essay

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How many times do you satisfy your hunger by grabbing a bag of chips rather than a banana or quench your thirst by drinking pop instead of water? Eating healthy and getting enough exercise on a daily basis can be difficult. By keeping a food diary and physical activity diary for five days I am able to see what my trends and bad habits are as well at what I did well nutritionally. Some of these trends and habits can lead to health risks later in my life, so to reduce these risks there are plans and recommendations for eating a balanced meal and staying healthy physically. I consider myself a healthy eater and I like to check the food labels on items for amounts of carbohydrates, fats, protein, sodium, and even the first few ingredients. I …show more content…
Because my lifestyle is healthy I don’t think I’m near obese, but many people in the United States and even worldwide are affected by it. Not eating healthy and not getting enough physical activity puts you at risk of becoming overweight obese. This is a result of many different causes and factors, including behaviors and genetics. Behaviors can be diet patterns, amount of physical activity, and medications. Factors can be society, the environment, education, and food promotions such as television commercials. These behaviors and factors can lead to consequences in your health. Obesity reduces your quality of life and is a leading cause of death because of associated health problems. These problems include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, mental illness such as depression, and body pain (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Making healthier decisions encourages you to be better and feel good about yourself. By choosing to eat healthier I feel good about myself, and the more I feel this way the more I’m going to want to keep doing what’s good for …show more content…
Well according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, a healthy eating plan is emphasizing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products. The plan includes eating lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, transfats, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugars. Lastly, it stays within your calorie needs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). This healthy eating plan seems very difficult to follow. Problems that I run into is that my family is not all on board with having a healthier lifestyle. They like what tastes good, so when I buy something healthy it will likely go to waste because no one will eat it. Another problem is money, buying a bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables is going to cost more than buying a bag full of processed foods. In the end it all comes down to what is cheaper and less time consuming. My family and I have a very busy schedule and it’s hard to sit down and plan a week’s worth of meals to fit everyone’s

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