The Importance of Health-Conscious Eating By Ebele Ikezogwo, ThatchRoom.com Overview • • • What is health conscious eating? – It is not dieting, it is a way of life – Making food choices for health benefits Why is it important? – Do you have dreams? Goals? Ambitions? Health first, everything else follows. – How many want to be wealthy? Health is “wealth” Tools for making healthier food choices – What to look for in a label – Should you count calories? Or eat a balanced diet? – Why cheaper is not always better, the farmer or the doctor? – Sweet can be healthy! Health-Conscious Eating… …is not: • A diet • Counting calories • Weighing a certain number • Looking like a movie star or a supermodel or the prom queen at school … but it is: • Making the healthiest choice given the available alternatives, the time constraints and the money constraints • Knowing how to make those choices • Developing the discipline to make it a way of life Why is it important? • Garbage in, Garbage Out • Good health allows you to achieve your true potential • Good health helps you look your best • Good health is more valuable than money • Almost every health condition can be affected or managed by food TOOLS FOR MAKING HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES Health consciousness starts with… • …Consciousness! – That means: • • • • Knowing what you are eating Eating timely meals Establishing balance Making trade-offs Labels • Some Good Stuff – Omega 3 – B Vitamins – The Antioxidants (vitamin A, C & E) – High Fiber – Calcium – Mono-unsaturated fats • Some Bad Stuff – Any words you can’t pronounce – Words that are a combination of letters and numbers e.g. E255 – HFCS – Saturated Fats – Coloring & Preservatives Here’s the easy way out… Traditional Nigerian foods prepared in the right way already contain important nutrients in the right quantities for a healthy functioning body. – Keep an eye on portions – Always balance your meals – Increase the nutrient profile whenever possible • For example sprinkling nuts or flaxseeds on corn pap. In Conclusion… Health Consciousness = Your maximum Potential!