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June 12th, 2013 |

A few things I learned in nutrition school

Everything in moderation.

It is true what they say, too much of a good thing may actually do harm. I’ve found that more than anything, moderation is key for good nutrition. A great tip? Try and consume more plants than anything else, they are high in fiber and lower in calories. Balance the rest with lean protein and whole grains – and stay fit with activities you enjoy. Be mindful when eating and respect food. You are what you eat.

Energy in, energy out.

The food put in the body should be equal to the energy that is expended out of the body. The outcome? No weight gain and no weight loss. Sounds simple right?

Nutrition is more than a science.

The complexity of nutrition is mindboggling. On a molecular level, there are pathways, chemicals, and hormones, all playing a role in how we process nutrients. On the other hand, there are varying levels of social, economic, and cultural status that place individuals in different spectrums of the nutrition scale of life. Oh and there’s that pesky genetic factor too…

The world of nutrition is dynamic.

Ask any nutrition student how hard it is to become a dietitian – and you’ll discover it’s pretty darn competitive. The nutrition field is growing – and that’s a good thing. You read about it every week in the media. From the argument over organics, trans fat, vitamin D, and omega 3’s – to childhood obesity, food marketing, and the farm bill – nutrition has a political side too, a rather large one in fact. But that’s for another post.

Nutrition is a journey, with no end in sight. Embark with me, learn, and empower yourself with the knowledge to be healthy, eat nutritiously, and live happy.

By: Liz Schneider