Improving and maintaining mens health through a good diet is article number three in a series of articles aimed at helping men better their health. Improving and maintaining your health has to be a comprehensive effort that touches on every area of life. In a previous article I shared how attitude makes all the difference in your approach to wellness. Ive also shared how important it is to get started being active. Though not all inclusive, here are some thoughts about Improving and maintaining mens health through a good diet.
What Are You Eating?
Eating your vegetables is a good start toward Improving and maintaining mens health through a good diet. Lets get this one out of the way. Your mother told you to eat your vegetables for a good reason. She never went into all of the details about all of the vitamins and minerals in vegetables but she knew what she was talking about when she said, theyre good for you. CBS news reporter Tatiana Morales wrote an article for cbsnews.com detailing filmmaker Morgan Spurlocks documentary Supersize Me. Spurlock decided to make the film after hearing that two overweight teenagers in New York had sued McDonalds, blaming the restaurant, not their diets, for their condition.
In the documentary, Spurlock only ate McDonalds food three times a day for 30 days to see how it would affect his body. To the chagrin of his live-in girlfriend, a vegan chef, Spurlock followed these four rules.
- No options. He could eat only what was available over the counter (water included!).
- No super-sizing unless offered.
- No excuses. He had to eat every item on the menu at least once.
No giving up. He had to eat three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spurlock reportedly began the experiment in great shape at 185 pounds but he says he gained 24.5 pounds after a month. He told a CBS Early News reporter ‘My cholesterol shot up 65 points. My liver basically turned to fat. It was so filled with fat the doctors said it was like pate; it was reaching a toxic level, putting me in risk of having non-alcoholics type of hepatitis, hardening of the liver, cirrhosis of the liver. It got really frightening for a while. And the impact it had on my sex life was also another aspect my girlfriend didn’t anticipate.’ The documentary and its results caused many people to rethink their eating habits. Americans have a love affair with fast food that may be a major factor in the countries exploding obesity rate. In addition to the fast food addiction, many believe that all of the vitamins and minerals have been farmed out of American farmland. All this plus concerns over pesticides in fruits and vegetables from cooperate farms has lead to a boom in all natural food retailing. These fruits and vegetables or whole foods, as they are also known, are grown in mineral rich ground and without the pesticides.
On June 2, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack introduced the governments new food icon called Myplate, to help consumers remember to make better dietary choices. Myplate is the next generation icon to help consumers see how to serve healthier meals. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. The icon symbol is a simple circle on a lime green background holding colored slices representing the fruit, vegetable grains, and protein groups. The slices are proportional in size to what a serving size should be on your plate. Its intended to be less complicated than the Food Pyramid that was the nations food icon for decades. This is a great tool for anyone interested in Improving and maintaining mens health.
In America our schedules often dictate our eating habits including when we eat. Eating, exercising and resting on a regular schedule would help your body know when and what to expect. Normally, this kind of training aids in digestion and regularity. But who takes the time to sit down to enjoy three square meals anymore? Fast food is the way of life for most Americans and has lead to an obesity rate that is skyrocketing. Dieticians recommend three square meals a day but most American diets dont have one square meal per day. In addition many people skip meals, which leads to overeating later. Eating later in the day doesnt leave enough time to digest the evening meal before going to bed. The digestive system slows down to help the body rest during sleep. Then the late evening meal gets stored as fat on your body. Its proven that three square meals a day at the proper time is the best way to eat.
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