The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announced March 2013 as the National Nutrition Month with the theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. This implies that no matter which culture you belong to, you must eat a healthy, nutritious diet daily.
On and off we all have holidays and fests upon us during which we love to feast with our family and friends. This is the time when some of us experience anxiety and fear of either eating too much of the sinful foods or not eating a particular food item so as to cheat on our diet. You don’t have to live your life like this anymore now. The dietitians and personal trainers at the Metropolis Fitness Club go with the scientific realization that there is no such thing as “bad food” or “good food”. The key is to know how much quantity to eat a particular food item. As an instance, if you choose to eat chocolate cake, you should make sure that you eat other food groups in the right quantity so that you meet your daily dietary nutrition. If you eat the right amount of the cake and compensate your day by eating grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, etc., you can have your cake and eat it too!
Another important thing to understand is that if a particular food is considered as the best, for example, if you hear, “bananas are the best food to have”, this does not mean that you should gorge on bananas the whole day. This will make you malnourished because you also need other nutrients.
Eat anything in moderation.
Always remember these 3 points:
1. “Good food” or “bad food” is a misconception.
2. Choose to eat in the right quantity.
3. Include grains, dairy, fruit, vegetables, meat/meat substitutes food groups in your daily diet.
Once you develop this habit of right eating, i.e., eating the right foods and eating everything in the right quantity, you will enjoy all your days without any guilt feelings. So, eat right and live wise.