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NUTRITION. THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. By James Lanza, CPFI

The other day I heard a news report about a popular food chain, specializing in Italian food, that was going to sell one thousand  “all you can eat pasta” cards for $100 each. The card would be good for seven weeks and it would be “all the pasta you can eat in seven weeks”.  They sold out in minutes. Have we learned nothing??

I’d like to stop my article right there but my publisher would think I’d had a heart attack, fell out of my chair and died. Never having finished. So, allow me to get preachy once again.

A balanced and nutritious diet is essential to a healthy body and productive life. Not just pasta but whole grains, fruits and vegetables, rice, quinoa, dairy and lots of good protein.

The new food pyramid is now made up of more than six plateaus. And the new food plate is now divided into four sections instead of three. One part of the plate should contain whole grains, one part protein, one part dairy and one part fruits and vegetables. And very little room for fat.

As far as the protein, go with lean chicken, both white and dark meat. White meat has less fat but the fat content is so low it’s negligible. Actually, the dark meat has a higher concentration of protein. So it’s okay to eat both. Turkey, also a lean choice. Fish is a great source of protein however Salmon has a much higher content of fat than most other white fish. It’s a good fat, omega 3 and 6 but fat is still fat and you have to watch your daily intake. Bison or Buffalo is much better than beef and of course there are always legumes, Soy and nuts.

Dairy, especially in children and young adults, contains calcium and Vitamin D. Good for growing bones, helping to make teeth strong and keeping tooth decay away. No cavities here!! Good choices are cheese, yogurt, milk and eggs.

I mentioned Quinoa, (pronounced  k-e-e-n-w-a ). You can get it anywhere. Trader Joes, any big food chain even Costco. It’s a grain, like rice and made the same way. It’s much better than rice because it contains more vitamin and minerals than rice plus it’s packed with protein. So it’s a much better alternative.

Carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables have got to play a big role in the eating. They contain lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals, cancer fighting anti-oxidants and they taste good! Fruits should play a large role in snacking rather than sugary products.

I just read a new report that women’s waistlines are growing larger than men’s. Apparently women aren’t moving as much and the eating is getting out of hand.

Which leads me back to the opening. How many of you bought one of those “all you can eat” cards? Please be aware. No one has to eat like that. I’ll leave you with a quote from Benjamin Franklin. “People should eat to live. Not live to eat.” Of course he also said, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.”  So remember, everything in moderation, practice portion and enjoy life.

If you’d like more information on nutrition or fitness you can call me anytime.

Thanks for listening and have a healthy day!

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