Nutrition

Why Good EATS Nutrition? 

You are what you eat. Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. The list of famous food quotes goes on and on. We all know that some foods are good for us and some foods are not. The trouble is determining which fall into which category and how we can plan on eating healthy while being confident in our food choices?

Nutrition- Good EATS

You are what you eat. Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. The list of famous food quotes goes on and on. We all know that some foods are good for us and some foods are not. The trouble is determining which fall into which category and how we can plan on eating healthy while being confident in our food choices? 

Nutritional science and recommendations always seem to be changing the way we think about eating. Take fats for example: some of the healthiest and most highly recommend foods are fats (think avocados and salmon). These new spins on healthy eating can make it difficult for the everyday person to make healthy food choices. So if there is truth in “You are what you eat” and food being a form of medicine, it would make sense that nutrition is a big part in how we feel, how we look, and how healthy we are.

In fact, some studies cite nutrition – the intake of food considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs – as more than 80 percent of our ability to stay in shape and maintain a healthy body weight and lifestyle. Combined with regular physical activity, nutrition truly is the cornerstone of good health.

Why Nutrition is Important

The combination of unhealthy eating and physical inactivity is a deadly combination. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that unhealthy eating and inactivity results in roughly the same amount of deaths each year as tobacco.

Why does this happen? Take a look at the composition of the common American nutrition plan. Many American’s eat diets that are too high in saturated fats, sodium and sugar (including high fructose corn syrup). At the same time too many of us are not getting enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium and fiber in our diets. Eating too much of the bad stuff and not enough of the good stuff contributed to that death rate mentioned above. Poor nutrition also leads to the following diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stoke
  • Many forms of cancer (colon, esophageal, lung, mouth, stomach, throat, prostate)
What Should I be Eating?

Although the recommendations for nutrition will vary from person-to-person and for men, women and children, we can make some sound recommendations that most experts agree are vital to healthy eating. Here is a quick a summary of what you should focus on in your diet and what you’ll get with a Good EATS Meal Plan:

  • Mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy proteins
  • Water instead of sugary beverages
  •  A focus on quality foods:
    • The type of carbohydrates you eat are more important than the amount of carbohydrates you eat. Some sources of carbs – like vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains – are better for you than others.
    • Healthy oils, which are good sources of healthy fats, are better for you than unhealthy fats like unsaturated fats found in processed foods.
  • Healthy proteins like fish, poultry, beans and nuts
  • Whole grains instead of refined grains like white bread and potatoes

Check out the below graph to learn more about some simple recommendations for healthy eating.

Summary

Healthy eating and gaining a strong understanding of foods and beverages that we should or shouldn’t eat may sound daunting at first. However, once you start down this path to health you’ll be amazed at the results in terms of weight loss, energy, and appearance.

What’s even better is that the good folks at Good EATS have taken the guesswork out of healthy eating. Our meal plans have been developed by a professional nutritionist with healthy lifestyles in mind. We encourage you to learn more about healthy nutrition and consider how the Good EATS program can be good for your health and your wallet!

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