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Nutrition Education:
An integral part of Health and Physical Education!

Nutrition education is of vital importance.

All you have to do is look at the number of people who are unhappy with their body or trying to find ways to have more energy, and are experimenting with special diets to see we have a societal problem.

You should always question your sources - including this source - and do your own research. All of you who join our institute can help provide that valuable information and thereby improve our knowledge of nutrition education and other components of physical education. You will also get opportunities from time to time to try new products at discounted prices.

An example of the networking possibilities is providing information on nutritional coaches. Getting someone who knows what it takes to design a nutritional program specifically for you can be invaluable. Some of our recommended nutrition education programs provide less personal support than you might like. Through our contacts we learn about sites that offer valuable information and personal coaching services. We recommend those to you based on the feedback our members and associates provide. It improves our nutrition education services to you!

Nutrition education is the most ignored or receives the least attention our medical schools, as Dr. Joel Wallach would attest to. There has been greater nutrition education research on nutrition and the health of farm animals than for humans.

Misguided Goals

According to Dr. Roy L. Walford, author of Maximum Life Span, part of the problem of nutrition education has come from an inappropriate focus from most nutritional scientists such as members of the American Dietary Association, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and American Society of Nutrition.

These scientists focus on optimizing both maximum growth rate and ultimate body size. These measures reduce life span potential and increase the frequency and number of diseases. He is one of our several recommended authors. What our nutrition education teachers and their students know about nutrition predominantly comes from the research of those previously mentioned nutritional organizations.

Their focus in research has led to an understanding of nutrition that has unintentionally led to weight problems. The nutrition education that comes from that research does an injustice to our children.

There is enormous data from research done in this country as well as Europe and the Far East that shows that under-nutrition – not malnutrition is the only key to increasing life span and improving health. While there are many approaches there appear to be some common philosophies that underlie these approaches.

Watch the following video featuring Dr. Walford.



Basic Nutritional Principles

If you look at all the philosophies and factual information in nutrition education you can find some basic principles. Whether you are looking at Natural Hygiene, Ayurvedic, Atkins diet, or a host of other diet information we can come up with some basic principles you can begin to apply on your own.

There are a great deal of details you should educate yourself on, so you can adopt a practical nutritional approach to maximize your health and well-being.

Nutrition education should give you the tools to maintain a healthy weight and allow your body to fight diseases so you can live a long, active, disease free life. Your eating habits are an important link to that goal.

The Principles

There are four basic principles most of the diet programs we have investigated have in common. Those nutrition education principles are:

1) what you eat matters

2) combination of foods matters

3) when you eat matters

4) moderation matters.

If you understand these principles and learn some of the details - especially around what to eat - you will be on your way to adopting a practical, life-changing, approach to your eating habits.

What you eat matters!

Our bodies consist of minerals. In order to maintain our health we need to have a diet that consists of vitamins and minerals. We also need to take in nutrients that can fight free radicals. Our current lifestyle and industrial development have led to the increase of free radicals in our bodies. At the same time natural antioxidants, which destroy free radicals, have become less common in our diets and preventative medical care.

Nutrition education is the key to fighting this health issue. Many physical symptoms of aging such as wrinkling skin, graying hair, hearing loss, eyesight degeneration, have been linked to the presence of free radicals and mineral deficiencies. Diseases such as heart disease and cancer have been linked to these same deficiencies in our nutrition.

There are over 90 nutrients we need to take in to maintain our health. We have always gotten these nutrients [minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids] from plant sources. We want to get these 90 nutrients into our system when we eat. If we cannot do it from plant sources we need to supplement our diet with supplements absorbed readily into our system.

You all know about antioxidants. You will find lots of information about "super" foods high in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals which cause damage to our cells.

Current research has shown that antioxidants need redox signaling molecules to be activated. Our bodies naturally produce these molecules, but because our bodies are often under attack these molecules can be "over taxed".

To get all these vitamins and minerals you should eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. A good guide for what "lots" means is to have 2/3 of your diet fruits and vegetables.

Why 2/3? Fruits and vegetables are high in water content and our bodies are about 2/3 water.

It would be preferable if the fruits and vegetables were organically grown and eaten raw or lightly steamed. Cooking the vegetables changes their state and destroys many important enzymes. When you do cook them, lightly steaming them has the best nutritional value. The water in the fruits and vegetables is loaded with nutrients we need. Further, we really do not know how nutrition from plants benefit us and we discover new things all the time.

By eating plants in their natural form we are more likely to get all the benefits God intended for us. Additionally, cultures that have diets that consist predominantly of fruits and vegetables generally do not have many people seeking help to lose weight.

Good nutrition education will educate you on the value of eating whole grains. Bread has been a staple of healthy eating in every culture throughout history. Jesus made numerous references relating the word of God to the bread for the soul. Ancient breads were made from whole grains. When buying bread buy whole grain bread or learn to make it yourself.

Eating bread does come with a warning however. Many, if not most, commercially made breads, even whole wheat bread, is converted into sugar in our bodies. Sugar is not something we want lots of in our bodies. There are breads that are better than others. Learning which ones is important. Also, if you follow principle number 4 you will be in good shape.

Properly Combining Foods

Proper food combining is a nutritional principle that has had its share of controversy. Our digestive system uses two types of digestive juices to digest its food. Acids and bases are used to digest proteins and starches. Many of our typical meals are a combination of starches and proteins. When they are both consumed our bodies must concentrate on digesting one before the other. The food not being immediately digested tends to rot in our stomachs and causes gas.

Antacids are one of the highest selling pharmaceutical products in this country. If people would eat properly the need for these remedies would be drastically reduced. Poor digestion contributes to disease. We should avoid meals that combine starches and proteins – meat and potato meals.

Some people are affected to a greater extent than others are. Ayurevedic traditions tell us there are three basic body types. One of the descriptors for each type deals with their ability to digest food. Some people have a strong digestive system. They would be less susceptible to digestive problems associated with improper food combining.

Ayurevedic traditions teach properly combining tastes. There are four basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, and salt. According to their tradition each of these need to be balanced. If we are not properly balancing and combining foods with these tastes diseases or health problems arise. Proper food combining then should include eating starches and proteins in the right combinations and include balancing tastes amongst these food categories.

Along the same line is the proper consumption of fruit. Fruit is one of the great nutritional gifts we have. It is the food with the highest water content. Fruit digests quickly and contains important nutrients and antioxidants.

Fruit, however, should be consumed on an empty stomach. Because it breaks down quickly and wants to pass through the intestines if there is other food in the stomach the fruit tends to rot. A history of rotting food in a person’s digestive tract creates a condition for diseases to develop. Fruit is ideally eaten throughout the morning hours or as snack food. It is not advisable to eat fruit as an appetizer or desert.

As an educated individual you do need to recognize that research is showing that we need to eat more often and have protein with every meal. Also, we are learning that carbohydrates are best consumed after physical activity not before.

Now, if we are to watch how we combine foods and have protein, fruits, and or vegetables with every meal some common sense needs to be applied. If you find that combing carbohydrates and lean proteins causes gas and indigestion we would suggest not eating the protein with that meal, but getting it later.

We would also suggest you watch when you are eating fruit. You can eat fruit on an empty stomach and in about 15 minutes be ready to have a more substantial meal. Again, pay attention to what your eating habits do to how you feel.

Now, traditional nutrition education doesn't provide this knowledge.

When to eat

There is another principle that says when we eat does matter to our health and to manage our weight.

There are two potentially competing thoughts here. One is that we need to eat more often (about five meals a day), even if that entails eating around bed time.

The other thought involves the understanding that our bodies go through cycles that includes breaking down foods (digestion) and eliminating the waste. If we eat while our bodies are trying to eliminate wastes our bodies cannot function optimally.

If we look at these schools of thoughts we can balance those out by not eating too late at night (generally after 8 pm) unless it is fresh fruit. We also wouldn't want to eat too early in the morning (generally not before 8 am), again, unless it is fresh fruit.

As you continue to educate yourself with anyone of our recommended courses it is important to remember these general principles are guidelines.

Some nutrition experts say you should expect to break the rules 10% of the time. We feel a more realistic expectation would be 20% of the time with 10% being the goal to shoot for. If you break the "rules" 20% of the time you will still have, in all probability, improved your health. This is nutrition education that should be taught to our school children.

Moderation

The principle of moderation is so important to nutrition education, as it is to many things in life. It certainly applies to our eating habits.

It is very important to not over eat. Food can be so enjoyable it can be hard to eat in moderation for many people. If you can simply apply this one principle the results from this alone would be dramatic for most people who are challenged with managing their weight.

Moderation does mean watching what you eat and how much you eat. You can eat "junk" foods in moderation. You also need to watch the quantities you eat, especially if you begin to eat more often. The number of calories you consume does impact your weight so you do need to be wary of calories.

Being wary of calories does not mean you necessarily have to weigh out all the foods you eat and measure your caloric intake. You should become aware of the calories you consume.

Four Recommendations

We recommend that people who are interested in nutrition education take any one (or all three) of our recommended nutrition education courses. We also recommended one "supplement" that really isn't a supplement. Our four recommendations are:

1) Precision Nutrition

2) Eating for Energy

3) The Diet Solution

4) Asea

Of these four Asea is a key because research is showing that this product floods our system with redox signaling molecules.

Asea and Redox Signaling Molecules

Redox signaling molecules don't necessarily have to do with nutrition education directly. We have learned they are vitally important in allowing good nutrition to impact you at the cellular level. The more you learn about these amazing molecules the more we understand why people are experiencing tremendous health benefits from taking ASEA.

If you want to optimize your bodies ability to heal itself, maintain energy, rest, and recuperate you will want to try ASEA now. Check out what others are saying at our Asea Feedback Page.

Regardless of what profession you are in your ability to feel good, have more energy, and recuperate from illness quicker would improve the quality of your life. That is what people are experiencing with this incredible new product. Your nutrition education won't be complete without learning about redox signaling molecules and ASEA.

Listen to these testimonials



and then listen to the science behind it.

Precision Nutrition

Precision Nutrition covers everything you need to know about nutrition. It is a comprehensive nutrition education course. It will:

1) teach you how to eat for your goal and your body. We teach you how to develop a custom nutrition plan unique to your physiology.

2) be easy to understand.

3) provide you with 1 year of 24/7 online support on their private member forum. You’ll need help, and with PN you get it – from expert coaches and nearly 40,000 fellow members from around the world.

4) provide you with a 1 year membership to their online library of articles, e-books and software. Access their complete Exercise Video Database and thousands of pages covering every conceivable fitness and nutrition topic in the Member Zone.

5) Include more than 25 goal-specific exercise programs by world-class coaches. They had the top coaches in the world develop exercise programs specifically for Precision Nutrition members.

6) Include the PN cookbook, Gourmet Nutrition Volume 1.

7) Guarantee results. They put their money where their mouth is. If PN doesn’t work for you, They’ll not only give your money back, they’ll buy you another book of your choosing!

Listen to John Berardi


Of all the above mentioned benefits of the program the most talked about by our members is the on-line supports. For more information go to the Precision Nutrition website.

Eating for Energy

Eating for Energy is another excellent nutrition education program. It will not only help you control your weight and either prevent obesity or help you overcome your obesity the extra energy you get will enable you to follow through with a good workout program.

Eating for energy's nutrition education will teach you things you won't learn in traditional classes. And that is the reason we are here!

In this e-course you will learn:

1) how you can prevent cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, and obesity by making this one small change to the way you eat.

2) what the startling food consumption trends between 1970 and 2004 have done to your health.

3) why fit people can be at greater risk of disease!

4) the top 12 superfoods you should eat all the time.

5) why you may not have been successful in losing weight in the past. This one secret will change your life (not just your body)!

6) why counting calories does not work. You'll find out what does.

7) why not all fats are bad and why eating certain "healthy" fats can actually speed up fat loss, increase your energy levels, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and more... and precisely how much of them you need for optimal effects.

8) the miraculous food whose saturated fat burns fat in your body, fuels your energy for exercise, and prevents sickness and infections! One of the most amazing finds ever - and you can easily buy at your local grocery store!

9) how to crank up your metabolism and turn your body into a food-incinerating, fat-melting human blast furnace! Easy metabolism-boosting techniques revealed!

10) how to eat 50% more calories without storing an ounce as fat - It's true - you can actually eat more food while losing more fat using this simple, but often overlooked strategy!

11) how to boost your energy levels higher than you ever thought possible - almost instantly! (you'll notice the difference the very first day)

12) the 10 Success Habits that will get you to your goals!

13) the psychology of permanent fat loss and abundant health...Goal setting and motivation tactics that program your subconscious mind for massive success...Follow this "secret mental training formula" and you'll be practically "hypnotized" into eating properly and working out consistently - Just imagine... no more "willpower" required! (these are the same techniques that NFL, NBA, MLB and Olympic champions pay sports psychologists hundreds of dollars an hour to learn.)

14) why obesity and most diseases do not occur in nature and discover what we're doing to domesticated animals that is making them as sick, fat, and tired as we are!

There is much more than these 14 things!

Listen to the author



So, to learn more and order this program check out the Eating for Energy website.

The Diet Solution

The Diet Solution is our third and final recommend nutrition education program to control obesity or general weight management. Like the other two programs it provides the necessary information and basic principles that help people lose or manage their weight while also improving their overall health.

In this program you will learn:

1) the exact foods that cause accelerated fat burning

2) the particular foods that prevent fat burning

3) how to combine foods to create the fat burning affect

4) which "healthy" foods turn to sugar in your body

5) why sugar is your enemy

6) what are good carbs and what are bad carbs

7) what are good fats and what are bad fats

Listen to this independent report:



And a whole lot more. The program is another excellent educational program that will help control obesity if followed. To learn more and order this program go to the Diet Solution website.

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Diet Solution

Our members have recently made The Diet Solution their #1 ranked nutritional program. Here is another independent review that mirrors our findings and why we offer The Diet Solution!



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