Living A Healthy Life
By Nick Chudzik
MYTH: Fat is bad
Yes you heard that right, fat is not bad for you. Just like carbohydrates and protein, your body needs fat. Fat only becomes a problem when you eat too much of a certain kind, say saturated fat or trans fat. The healthier alternatives are foods that contain Polyunsaturated fat or Monounsaturated fat
What should I include in my diet? What should I limit?
Fruits and Vegetables should make up half of a plate of food. It is important that you eat a lot of fruits and veggies so you can receive the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Grains should make up a little more then 30% of whats on your plate, with protein being 20%. Grains are crucial to a diet because they give you the carbohydrates that are needed to give you energy. When focusing on eating a healthy meal, try to limit foods with high levels of trans fat, saturated fat, and sodium.
How the Body Uses Energy
When you body intakes carbs,fats, and other nutrients, they are converted into ATP, which is then converted in turn your burning fuel source, aka Energy. Your body has three types of burning fuels. Carbs, fats, and proteins. In different circumstances, your body will burn one of these fist over the others. In normal circumstances, the order in which these are burned are the following. 1. Carbohydrates 2. Fats 3. Proteins.
What's the Difference between LDL and HDL?
Summarizing, HDL is the "good" cholesterol, while LDL is the "bad" cholesterol. HDL stands for high density Lipoprotein, and LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein. LDL and HDL are the two most important fatty proteins. The difference being LDL cholesterol deposits its cholesterol on the walls of your arteries, which can cause oxidization, does is it grabs tight to cholesterol, preventing it from attaching to arterial walls. In some cases while carrying cholesterol, HDL will even snatch up cholesterol that got loose and stuck to the walls.
Need help lowering your cholesterol?
Here are some tips to help lower your cholesterol:
1. Limit the foods you eat that contain high concentrations of Saturated and Trans fats
2. Eat more fiber rich foods (beans, oats, barley, fruits, vegetables, etc.)
3. Workout more!
Being Obese, Underweight, or Overweight
So what exactly is the difference between these three terms exactly? Well, underweight means being a lower weight then what is considered the norm for your specific size or build. Being overweight is the opposite, that is when you have too much weight than the specified amount that is considered healthy or normal. Wait so what's the difference between being overweight, and obese?? If you want to get technical, being overweight is the act of weighing 10% to 20% higher then, like I said before is considered normal for your size based on standard weight charts. While being obese, is a condition where someone is 20% or more above the normal weight or has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or greater.
School Lunches and How They're Affecting Students
Choose My Plate Dietary Guidelines
American Heart Association
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd 2016 at 12am
The American Heart Association has declared the first Wednesday of every November National Eating Healthy Day! Link to the information about this years (already happened)