Health and Nutrition

 
Nutrition facts.  There is so much information out there on nutrition, but as everyone is unique, it would be impossible to come up with a “one diet fits all” plan for everyone.

Good nutrition is key to a healthy body, as is exercise.

As for diet; what is a healthy diet?  We are faced with so much contradiction.  On the one hand we are told not to eat “junk food” but then you might ask, “why is there so much of it available?” I find that many people are so short of time to make tasty meals from scratch, but they seek the same comfort and satisfaction in an instantly available form.

Feeling hungry?  You know that to feed your body well you need to eat fruit, vegetables and proteins, ingest fibre to ease the elimination of waste and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.  But say you are at work and you feel hungry, what do you reach for to stave off the pangs?  More often than not it will be a packet of potato chips, a chocolate bar or a few biscuits.  They take the edge off but within an hour you will be looking around for something else to munch.

The trouble is these foods are packed with calories, but will not feed your body with the essential vitamins and minerals that it needs, so you will feel less than 100% a lot of the time and in many instances, will forget what it felt like to be full of energy and free of aches and pains.

One way of making sure you get all the nutrition you need is to take extra supplements.

There are many benefits to taking extra vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements.  I like to buy my supplements wherever possible from suppliers such as Natures Sunshine as the quality and subsequently; the effect, varies greatly from brand to brand.

It is one great way to ensure that you are getting the nutrition you need, as one cannot be entirely sure that the food available today has all the nutrients is ought to.  As for food sensitivity, well I know for a fact that due to the wide use of wheat in many processed foods, that there are many people with gluten sensitivity that may not even know they have it.  I am Italian and from the moment I could eat my diet consisted of many wheat based foods.  Pasta is only one of them and I do attribute my sensitivity to wheat gluten to perhaps my overexposure of it throughout my life.

If you feel bloated and tired, maybe find it tiring to walk upstairs, then you might like to try eliminating foods containing wheat for about 2 weeks.  You may be surprised at how good you feel!