|• Health, healing and nutrition: An important relationship||• Choosing your diet|
|• Physical activity fosters a healthy diet||• Meeting your nutritional needs|
|• What is a healthy diet?||• The bottom line|
|• What is a serving size?||• Some important principles|
|• Quick tips for healthy eating||• Applying the Food Pyramid to everyday life|
|• What about vegetarian diets?||• The shopping list: How to stock your pantry|
|• Is a vegetarian lifestyle really healthier?||• Where to shop?|
Healthful diets contain the amounts of essential nutrients and calories needed to prevent nutritional deficiencies and excesses. Healthful diets also provide the right balance of carbohydrate, fat, and protein to reduce risks for chronic diseases, and are a part of a full and productive lifestyle. Such diets are obtained from a variety of foods that are available, affordable, and enjoyable. Foods contain combinations of nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C but no protein; soy beans provide protein but very little vitamin C. One way to make sure you get all of the nutrients and other substances needed for health, is by choosing the recommended number of daily servings from each of the major food groups displayed in the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, or better yet, read on.
NOTE: Although the USDA recommendations are a vast improvement over the standard American diet, we highly recommend a vegetarian diet for meeting overall nutritional needs, maintaining excellent health and weight. More on the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle later.
The basis of a healthy diet is eating a wide variety of foods. Every day, according to the USDA, you should try to eat:
You can not always measure your food. Here are some ways to help you estimate serving sizes.
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Beloved, I wish above all things, that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2.
Education in the divine principles of health have never been needed more than today! There have been many wonderful advances in science and technology, but there is an alarming increase in disease and sickness due to destructive habits and the over indulgences of our society. Today, habit and appetite are at war with nature. The results are seen in most of our lives as many experience some minor or major breakdown of their health.
God's promise still stands—if we incorporate His principles of health into our lives, then none of the diseases of this world will befall us. Listed below are God's 8 Laws of Health, taken from the "owner's manual". Click on a title to learn more.