The project “world nutrition day” is a worldwide action plan which is celebrated on 28th May, every year. Though it is a well known global project designed to reduce diseases related to malnutrition, I had very little knowledge about it. But this year I thought to research a bit and understand the concept better.
Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!Bernard Jensen
What I learnt about World Nutrition Day
I must say, the objectives of observing this World Nutrition Day is quite wide-reaching. As it promotes:
- A universally safe nutritional care by spreading knowledge and awareness among the global population.
- The all-inclusive benefits of healthy eating habits to recover from any illness.
- The significance of propagating the harmful effects of inadequate food intake in hospitals, nursing homes and finding ways to address these issues.
- Different government and non-government initiatives to reduce human sufferings and community costs and to initiate research for ‘eating despite illness’ and the ideal utilization.
So, the crux of the matter is we should eat nutritious food and do some exercise to lead a happy life. Almost all of us know that a balanced diet and regular physical activity can help us maintain a healthy weight. But, for the time being, if we look beyond, we can see there are many other benefits of good nutrition. Good nutrition can help in
- Reducing the risk of some diseases like heart-related problems, diabetes, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and cholesterol level.
- Improving our ability to fight against illness and recover from any injury.
- Increasing our energy level.
Now, going back to the healthy weight issue, I have seen two of my important family members under the influence of unhealthy eating habits and suffering from obesity. It is a well-known fact that obesity does not come alone, in fact, brings along many other health problems like heart diseases and stroke, diabetes, gallbladder and gallstones, cancer, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems and asthma. I felt their problems and used to think how can I help them to develop a healthy eating habit. I must say, changing somebody’s eating habit is a long and tough process (Please don’t get scared) and family members have to be patient and work collaboratively to achieve the desired objective.
So, what I did?
First, I looked for a good nutritionist in my city and took both of them to her. They had a long conversation with her. After considering various factors like their age, height, weight, job profile, health issues, eating and sleeping habits, she kind of tried to motivate them to opt for a healthy eating habit and set their diet chart.
Though she was not very strict in her instructions, initially, following the diet chart was a challenge for my dear ones. But, I can happily say, eventually, they did follow her healthy eating tips and were able to reduce their weight from a big three digits score to a handsome two digits number.
As I believe sharing is caring, on this World Nutrition Day, I would like to share some of the easy to follow tips to develop a healthy eating habit.
Some tips for eating healthy:
- Choose whole-grain bread/cereals/crackers/pasta instead of their traditional refined grain counterparts. As whole grain is a good source of fibres, Vitamin B and several minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium etc.
- Include colourful vegetables and fruits into your diet plan to get all the necessary vitamins, minerals and fibres.
- Consume low fat or fat-free milk daily (preferably 1 hour after dinner) for the necessary intake of calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong.
- Eat plenty of meats, fish and poultry products to obtain protein.
- Reduce eating outside foods and try to consider upgrading your favourite fast-food restaurants to one with healthier options.
- Drink plenty of water and do some exercise.
But friends, completely overhauling your diet all of a sudden will cause further problems. Have patience and be slow in incorporating the tips I have shared to make your diet healthier. Always consult an expert before you do any changes to your diet.
To find out more useful tips about eating healthy refer https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating/
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