When we hear the words diet and nutrition used so easily and readily these days, they almost become synonyms! The reality is that they mean different things.
Diet is the food and drink that a person consumes. Nutrition is dependent partially on diet because it is through your diet that your body is supplied with the food that is to be assimilated in order to feed and nourish the cells. Actually you do not live on the food you eat but on what your body digests and assimilates.
A good wholesome diet is always recommended but it does not always provide for good nutrition. Sometimes the body cannot assimilate it. Assimilation of food depends upon the functioning of the endocrine and exocrine glands. If the glands are malfunctioning the result is poor nutrition. Many people are born with faulty glandular mechanisms and as a result are sickly or puny. However, in a vast majority of cases, a good and proper natural diet can help improve and in many cases, cure a faulty endocrine system.
Deficiencies in the body do not happen overnight. It is something like losing weight by exercise. You exercise for a week and nothing happens. You exercise for another week and nothing happens. You still exercise for another month and still nothing happens. And then, suddenly, boom – the weight starts coming down fast as you keep exercising. So you can ignore your nourishment and nothing happens. Ignore it some more (in other words, eat a lot of junk food!) and still nothing happens. Spoil it some more and still nothing. And then suddenly, boom – the vitamin and mineral levels drop, the cholesterol sky rockets…and you are left wondering what went wrong?
Eating a healthy balanced diet should come naturally to us. We have around 21 main meals in a week. Try and have at least 19 good homemade meals with more of vegetables, pulses and fish and less of oil, desserts and heavy meats. As we have access to ready to cook packaged meals and also loads of imported fancy foods it is easy to give in to temptation. Quite a few foods that we buy off the shelves contain additives or preservatives some of which can prove harmful to the body. It is, therefore, always advisable to read the labels before buying anything. Some of the chemicals may be present in minute quantities, which may not be harmful in that small a quantity, but may have a cumulative effect. That is, over the years they may accumulate in the body before the harmful effects become apparent.
So the bottom line is…eat healthy foods daily ensuring that they are natural! Try recipes like Healthy Lapsi Pulao…