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Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Balance the food you eat with physical activity--maintain or improve
- Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits.
- Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
- Choose a diet moderate in sugars.
- Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
- If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
This guideline is updated every five years. U.S. Department of
Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 4th ed.,
A Basic Way to Wellness - Nutrition
In our society, sometimes it seems that it's usual to be sick and unusual to be well. If you
feel this way about your own life, you can help change this trend by
getting back to basics.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans says 'Eat a variety of foods.' It's
easy to get stuck in the mind-set of eating only specific foods. We need
to widen our food -- and fiber -- choices. We may even need to get away from
thinking of certain foods as forbidden. Just eat them in moderation
(assuming you have no need to adjust for medical conditions, such as
The American Heart Association recommends eating a balanced diet of
fruits and vegetables (preferably raw), fiber (whole-grain breads,
cereals), pasta, beans, lean meat, skinless poultry and fish.
A bonus for shifting a diet toward fruits, vegetables, and grains is
that these choices are more economical than meats, cheeses, and fast
foods. Some examples of good nutrition choices are English muffins,
nonfat yogurt, granola, pita bread, bagels, oatmeal, rice, turkey breast
sandwich, soups, and fresh and dried beans. Of course, keep fat and
Herbs, Fiber, Fluids
When trying to cut down on salt intake, cooking with herbs can bring out
the flavor of a dish without making it spicy. Examples of this are basil
and tarragon in chicken dishes, dill, thyme, oregano, rosemary in
vegetable dishes and soups, and lemon juice, garlic, and onion in
Fiber is another advantage of less-refined flour, rice, and cereal
grains. Fiber reduces the risk of heart disease, constipation,
diverticulitis, and diabetes.
Never underestimate the importance of water. You may want to refill your
drinking glass with water. It isn't exactly a nutrient, but it is
essential to health. Aside from regulating body temperature, water
carries nutrients to our cells and removes waste from our bodies.
Another liquid we can drink for improved health is juice. Many health
conscious people believe "juicing" - especially making your own juice from
raw vegetables -- is crucial to health. Carrot juice is the standby,
followed by spinach, cabbage, parsley, beets, celery, cucumber, and bell
Want to feel better and possibly live longer? Strive for nutritional
success: Give your body the fuel it needs so your body will give you its
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Issue # 20
Tuesday, March 17, 1998
Part 1 of 3 Basic notes about Nutrition
Part 2 of 3 Vitamins and Nutrition
"Back" to Health
Part 1 of 4- Looking After Your Back
Part 2 of 4- Avoiding Back Sprains
Part 3 of 4- Medical and chiropractic treatments
Part 4 of 4- Physical Therapy and Self Help Tips
Humour and Health
Part 1 of 5
- "Think You're Funny?" (A look at laughter.)
Part 2 of 5
- What the Experts Say. . .
Part 3 of 5
- A Matter of Perspective
Part 4 of 5
- Humour as a Coping Mechanism
Part 5 of 5
- Wooten on Humour and Coping
Overcoming Sleep Disorders
Part 1 of 4
- how your mattress can make all the difference.
Part 2 of 4
- strategies to help you sleep.
Part 3 of 4
- more strategies to help you sleep.
Part 4 of 4
- what is a sleep log and how does it work?
Stats indicate that for those over the age of 50, one of every two women
and one in eight men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. Our
sedentary lifestyle puts us at risk for this disease. Yet osteoporosis
is not inevitable. Here's some information on
this disease and how we can prevent it.
Part 1 of 4 -
- details the likelihood of developing this disease, and its dangers and consequences.
Part 2 of 4 -
- presents the risk factors of osteoporosis and some of our
misconceptions about the disease.
Part 3 of 4 -
- insights into diagnosis, and basic management techniques.
Part 4 of 4 -
- new medical treatments to stop osteoporosis, and safety in the home of osteoporosis sufferers.