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Why An Unbalanced Meal Plan Can Be A Balanced Plan.

by donR  5 16 2015

Our bodies are designed to stay balanced if...

Our bodies are designed to stay balanced if…

Okay, we all know by now that we should eat a balanced meal. The USDA Choose My Plate movement is based on this idea. But what does the word “balanced” mean? To answer this, think about how a playground teeter totter works. To stay balanced all you need to do is have the same weight on each side.  And if you have unequal weights, you simply adjust one or both of them to achieve balance.  Our bodies, likewise, are designed to adjust itself to stay in a balanced state but this is not always a simple task. Continue reading

Nutrition 101: Foods That Nourish or Not

Nutrition 101: Upcoming Series of Posts by donR

Choose My Plate guidelines would have you eat more leafy greens and cut back on simple sugars and saturated fats,

Choose My Plate guidelines would have you eat more leafy greens and cut back on simple sugars and saturated fats,

The Family Meals Project embraces the “Choose My Plate” principles as set forth by the US Department of Agriculture. A section of their plan discusses ‘dietary guidelines’, but just mentioning the word “Diet” can send out alarm signals to some people. The word is often associated with food restrictions, expensive interventions, supplements, weight loss programs and medical cures.

The FMP prefers to focus on meal plans that promote general wellness. We think of food as a nourisher and healer. It is not a diet plan, but it is difficult to discuss wellness without including some information about nutrition, inflammation, digestive disorders, and foods that directly affect other body systems. Nutrition 101 will attempt to shed light on foods and activities that promote wellness and at the same time lead you to other articles that explain how some foods can contribute to either sickness or healing.

The series will be posted each Monday. Some of the topics will include:

  • Dieting 101: What Are Proteins?
  • Dieting 101: Are There Good and Bad Carbohydrates?
  • Dieting 101: Exposing Fat Misconceptions.
  • Dieting 101: The Role of Vitamins and Minerals.
  • Dieting 101: Micro-nutrients– the Disease Fighters.
  • Dieting 101: What is ‘macrobiotic’?
  • Dieting 101: Inflammatory Foods in 200 words.
  • Dieting 101: Food Allergies
  • Dieting 101: Dieting 101: What’s all the fuss about gluten.