Are We Ready To Make Changes?
We all are influenced by the challenges of life? Sometimes we find it difficult to maintain our way of life because of having moments of failing confidence or concerned about our own personal health. One of the most challenging and tough thing we face in our quest for a healthy way of life is our nutritional intake. When it comes to nutritional consumption as American we are failing to make the grade. According to the Nutritional Guidelines for Americans 2010 there has been a significant change in the way we prepare and amount of food we consume from 1970 to 2008. With those dramatic changes, eating too much from foods that contain solid fats and added sugar, refined grains, sodium and saturated fats we have seen an increase in illnesses which includes diabetes, hypertension, overweight and obesity across gender, ethnic groups and ages. This has led to a major crisis of health in America. This crisis is not due to a lack of knowledge or the guidelines to show us. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 is clear in its comparisons of the following eating patterns:
- The Usual U.S. Intake
- The Mediterranean
- The DASH
Since DASH compares positively with the Mediterranean pattern it is highly recommended by doctors and leading health care professionals. Since Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and the Mediterranean patterns are higher in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low in saturated fats, health and medical illnesses can be reduced. As American tries to get control of its intake the World Health Organization is coping with some of the same issues. There State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Health Organization Nutritional Recommendation/ Nutritional Requirements 2017 has reported a reduction in undernourished people since 2000 but still an increase from those number between 2016 and 2017. With a positive decline in undernourished people, the levels of people being overweight is increasing. What is most alarming about the world situation is nutrition insecurity. Although alarming it is primarily confined to African nations due to the regions’ high level of conflict and unstable governments. However, it seems in general that the world including developed nations and underdeveloped nations are challenged with the citizenry being overweight.
There are a few questions that must be answered when it comes to consumption of nutrition. To achieve positive results, we need to address three components: a strong directional attitude, control of emotional discomforts and a committed mindset of intention. Observing the need and function of human conditions and its necessity for nutrition, this paper explores the mutual link between the life of the individual and that of nutrition. Through life’s interactions a view that weaves a collective thread that can inspire efforts for a confident outlook to better understand nutritional intentions and address the questions:
- Does our mind and body entwined in emotions interplay with various influences either helping us function progressively during changes in our life or causes crises of noncompliance?
- Do how daily activities play a large role in how meaning is obtained for life’s altering nutritional habits?
When you get right down to it making changes is not easy. If it were than dietary intake would not have the staggering statistical failures. So why have dietary nutrition been written about a subject that the world over has come to accept as being too hard.
Whatever the change is, whether it’s the direction taken for reducing medical illness related to food consumption, the emotional state related to health-related compliances, or the intention that have failed to keep us going after starting, we must remember that change has fundamental truths that must remain perpetual in our mind.
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