Nutrition is greatly lacking in the Standard American Diet (SAD). ” Today’s Western diet or SAD generally refers to a total diet pattern (with multicultural variations) that includes excess consumption of calories from refined carbohydrates, fatty meats, and added fats and that lacks many nutrients found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. This dietary pattern, which also includes excess sodium intake, has been blamed for contributing to our current staggering levels of overweight and obesity as well as diet-related diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and heart disease”. stated David Grotto, RD, LDN and Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN in a study released in 2010.
These facts are why I think October Unprocessed as well as Food Day are so important. What you eat should be based on more than taste, sure junk food tastes good, but if you start to realize the vast implications of what you choose to put in your mouth and what you are choosing to do to your own health, junk food begins not to taste so great. One of the best things you can do for your health is to begin to educate yourself on what you are eating, what is in your food? Where does your food come from? If you are experiencing health problems, look at your diet, don’t expect your health solutions to come in pill shape.
Changing your eating patterns doesn’t have to be overwhelming, start small, go Meatless on Monday or cut out soda and drink more water, committing to eat 5 servings of FRESH fruits and veggies is a good starting point as well.
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- Meeting Your Nutritional Needs as You Age (everydayhealth.com)
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- Is Nutrition Really that Hard to Get Right? (coachdeanhebert.wordpress.com)