Thursday, May 6, 2010

You are what you eat

"You are what you eat.”

Its weekend and you have already made plan for the entire day. Not to miss having delicious food all day long How about having pizza or pasta? Yummy, isn’t it? Well think again..!! Remember the saying “you are what you eat”. Diet plays a vital role in the maintenance of good health and in the prevention and treatment of disease. One slice of pizza usually has at least 300 calories, so it doesn't take long to eat most of your day's calorie needs in one sitting. Interestingly, since it is also difficult for many people to estimate portion sizes for wedge-shaped foods, overeating can be very easy. We don't typically think of pizza as a component of a healthy diet because it is high in total fat, saturated fat, sodium and calories but what to do if you really LOVE IT? I have a solution, be sure to eat a healthy green salad first so that you feel fuller before indulging -- and don't end up eating half of the pizza.

Research continues to prove that eating healthy food promotes good health and unhealthy food habits lead to a diseased body but healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible– all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.

Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart”—it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Your food choices can reduce your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as defend against depression. Additionally, learning the habits of healthy eating can improve your health by boosting your energy, sharpening your memory and stabilizing your mood. Expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying, healthy diet.

Ria Rawal, Nutritionist