Make March Your Nutrition Learning Month
As spring approaches, it is a great time to review your eating habits! Tired of the same old food day after day? Want to try something new but overwhelmed with where to start? Follow us as we try a few different recipes this year, and share information on nutrition.
The amount of information available to us is staggering. Our great grandmothers or grandmothers relied on a few cookbooks and a lot of family and friends sharing recipes; then our moms relied on even more cookbooks and magazines, and finally, we have added "google" to our recipe search. Start your journey by knowing how much to eat.
And don't forget about WATER!!! 1 0z per kilogram of body weight is our recommended minimum unless you have a specific medical condition that restricts your daily intake. I like to think of our bodies like steam engines...we use water for metabolic/energy processes. Research shows that many of us are walking around in a state of dehydration! So hit the water. Your skin, eyes and hair will reflect the hydration. Your digestion and intestinal response will improve. You'll really notice a difference in just a few days!
How much should you be eating?
By and large the following guidelines will provide a good balance for most persons. Every one of us is a bit different and attention needs to be taken to each of our body's needs. Listen to your body....take time to pay attention to what you're eating and how you feel afterwards. You are your best investigator on what type and amount of food is ideal for you. Most people feel best eating a few bites of the following quality, whole foods every several (three or so) hours. EAT to LIVE!!
6-8 servings of bread/rice/pasta
2-4 servings of fruit
3-5 of vegetables
2-3 of milk products
2-3 of meat/fish/beans
fats, oils and sweets are used sparingly