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Healthy Eating and You

Nov. 24, 2009

Nearly every health-wise magazine focuses on eating healthy. Some helpful hints for eating healthy are to maintain a balance of nutritious food such as fruits, vegetables and grains. Be careful to balance the calorie intake of your food. This is important because if you eat more than the daily allowance of 2000 calories, side effects such as weight gain, and lethargy are likely to occur. Many fast food places such as McDonalds, Burger King, Arby’s, and Wendys include various foods that will make it hard to keep track of calorie intake. For McDonalds, the Double Quarter Pounder with cheese with a medium fry has an alarmingly high amount of calories (1240). Likewise, for Burger King, the Double Whopper with a medium fry has 1500 calories. Whoa, that’s three fourths of what the recommended daily allowance of calories is. We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t go to fast food restaurants, many of them recently have been adding healthier menu options such as Burger King’s veggie burger with a value fry is 560 calories only! That’s a much better option for when you go to a fast food place. At McDonalds, a chicken sandwich with a small fry adds up to only 590 calories. Not too bad for fast food.

 

Staying hydrated, believe it or not, is one of the most important aspects to staying healthy. You can survive up to two-three weeks without food but you can only live 3 days without water. The human body is made up of about 80% water. Water is important for our bodies because it is used to help flush out our systems of toxins. It is recommended that a healthy human should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. The majority of Americans go through life dehydrated. Many people choose soda over healthy beverages such as water. Soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar and loads of calories and caffeine. They have also been known to cause tooth decay, weight gain (that’s right! weight gain!), and diabetes. Starting off the morning with milk or orange juice will also be healthier choices to consider.

 

Carbohydrates are an extremely significant part of the human diet. Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel which is then used for physical activity. The body does this by breaking down the starches, sugars and fibers into glucose. Glucose is a universal energy source for the body. There are two major types of carbs – the good carbs and the bad. Bad carbohydrates are foods that do not have any nutrients. They have been stripped of the bran, fiber and nutrients which provide the body with energy. Food companies strip foods such as white flour and refined sugar in order to make the cooking time quicker. These carbs have the potential to cause weight gain, diabetes or hypoglycemia. Good carbs, such as beans, fruits, whole grains and vegetables, on the other hand are slowly digested making you feel full quicker and longer. These grains give benefits like cancer prevention and hindrance of heart disease. By choosing good carbohydrates instead of bad, you will allow yourself to have lasting health benefits.

 

During the holidays, many people tend to gorge themselves in food. Obviously this isn’t very healthy. Before the holiday event you're attending, try to eat a light healthy meal. This will cause you to not be so hungry and not take so much food when you are at the event. During the event, eat slowly and take small portions of all the food available. This will allow you to try all the foods, and will make it so you don’t take too much and feel like you have to finish it. Also, watch out for the sauces and gravies, because they are very high in calories. Another good tip is to choose your favorite dessert, and then share it with a friend. By doing this, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and feel good about not eating too much. After the holiday, do some extra exercise to feel better about all the food you ate the day after. The holidays are the toughest times to control your healthy eating habits. Being able to control your eating during the holidays is a significant part of being healthy. Make sure to enjoy yourself though, because that’s what holidays are all about.

 

In conclusion, eating healthy is an essential part of living life to the fullest. Remember to stay away from the bad carbohydrates and focus more on the good ones! Also, drink plenty of water after all, being dehydrated isn’t very much fun! Stay away from large portions of food and don’t go for fast food every day!

http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm

http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/nutritionComparison.do

http://www.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/index.html

http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/diet/nutribyte2003dec.cfm

 

This article is brought to you by the members of R.E.A.D.Y. Club. The Bay View Community Center R.E.A.D.Y. Club is a free club for teens 12-18 yrs. of age in the Metro Milwaukee area. Currently club membership represents 11 different schools from the Metro Milwaukee area. Bay View R.E.A.D.Y. meets regularly twice a month and has a focus of service to the community. For more information regarding this club, contact Kimberly at kschubring@bayviewcenter.org or call (414) 482-1000.

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