Rarely do we care about knowing what exactly is in our plates. In most cases we are concerned about knowing the name of the food stuff that we are eating rather than the effects of the food in our bodies. Recently, as we were taking lunch with a group of colleagues, I asked them why they chose to eat what they were eating… the answers that I got triggered me to write this article.
In majority of the plates I found fries and burgers those who did not eat fries they had ‘andazi’ or ‘chapati. The reasons for settling on those diets were varying but most of them said that the food was readily available, delicious and to some affordable. This is the current trend to most of the office workers… fast foods!
In the short term, poor nutrition can contribute to stress, tiredness and our capacity to work, and over time, it can contribute to the risk of developing some illnesses and other health problems such; heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke and osteoporosis. According to CDC report non-communicable diseases (NCDs), are responsible for more than 75% of deaths worldwide to reduce the effects of NCDs like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity it is paramount to watch our diet, eat healthy and be active.
What is poor diet?
Maybe someone is wondering, what is wrong with fries? What is this good diet or about? We’ve all heard of the basic principle, and we know that it will help us in the long run, but with all the information out there it can be hard to know what’s really important when putting it into practice.
Eating healthy is a journey molded by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. It is important before you order that food or get a dinner plate to ensure that it contains portions from all five food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy to get the nutrients you need. All your food and beverage choices count. My Plate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health (choose MyPlate.gov)
Some more tips to help you avoid the risk of the mentioned lifestyle diseases!
• Getting more fruit and veg in your day
• Consider eating food with low saturated fat, sodium and added sugar
• Choose water as a drink
• Healthy shopping on a budget
• Consider lunchbox while in the office to lunch out
• Healthy choices when eating out
• Healthy recipes.
Eat well! Be active! Let’s kick off the non-communicable diseases together