I believe healthy nutrition is the most important factor for maintaining and keeping good health. Healthy nutrition basically is eating healthy and balanced from all the basic food groups; which consists of the dairy group, poultry group, fruit group, vegetable group and a little from the fats, oils, and sweets groups. It is also imperative to drink an adequate amount that corresponds with the daily guidelines of eight glasses a day which is equivalent to a one two-liter soda per day. In order for myself to attain this status of eating healthy I kept a food log for a month that has the entries of what I ate each day. In this food log it helped me keep track of how many fat grams I was eating and if I was eating balanced. I also listed how much sleep I was getting each day, what my mood was, and how many minutes I exercised each day. All those factors combined, determine my overall state of physical and mental health. Well, I think I’m eating pretty healthy; I’ve never tracked down what I ate before so I didn’t really think what I was eating. But when the whole project was done it didn’t look like I was a healthy eater.

I was drinking too much soda with excessive sodium intake and I didn’t eat a lot of fruits or vegetables and I was drinking more soda than water. For breakfast, I was eating too many doughnut which means too much sugar. On the bright side of things, I was eating a variety of foods. It may not be balanced amount from each food group but I made a conscience effort to eat at least something from all the food groups. So even though the food project is now done, from the basis of my good log. I’m trying to make permanent adjustments in my diet to make my body healthier. No more soda, no more doughnuts for breakfast, and no more sweets. Instead more water, more fruits and vegetables, and increased physical activity and more sleep. I know it’s going to be hard to make these sudden adjustments but I’m going to do it gradually until I get comfortable and use to it.

As technology and modern advancement bind the earth little by little, more and more dilemmas are uprising and creeping sluggishly, pulling the earth towards the mud of eternal unknowing. The more industrialization establishes itself, the more natural resources are being eradicated and murdered to death. More people are getting sick, more are dying, and more are parted from their dreams. Everything just seems to vanish in an instant.
Proper nutrition and its maintenance had been one of the most intriguing focuses in the world today. The determining factor in the total health of an individual seems to be a thing that is very hard to catch and get that even the most advance machines cannot offer any help. It is, indeed, even separating itself from people, whom are which hypnotized by the hex of technos and gizmos. Thus, people nowadays are attacked by illnesses and diseases, most of which leading to the extinction of life, the abolition of existence in the world.
One of the factors involved in the attainment of proper nutrition is eating. The hectic world today provides a view of a high number of people eating just to satisfy hungry stomachs without considering any nutritive value of the food being taken. Most food establishments, restaurants, and markets offer instant food, many of which are acknowledged and favored by majority and yet considered as the worst to human health. Reality speaks that the food appeal is taken into consideration rather than its nutritional content.

La Rochefoucauld once said: “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art,” thus pointing to the actuality of a call toward reorientation of the people between eating and health. Modern gadgets will not provide the nutrition one needs in his stay on the grounds of earth. Prevailing devices neither science can’t provide any help in the upbringing of one’s health. It is still the nature and discipline of an individual that counts in the end.
Good nutritional status is noted when man benefits from a well-balanced dietary intake, manifested in a normal organ development and function, normal reproduction, growth and maintenance, optimum activity and working efficiency, resistance to infection and ability to repair bodily damage or injury. Thus, a well-balanced diet, daily exercise, and practice of discipline reveals the necessary things one must have to attain good nutrition.
Proper nutrition means invincibility to diseases. Recently (even up to now), the world was embraced by the endemic Influenza A (H1N1) virus, an illness that killed a lot of human and left the world with fear and anxiety. This shows that most people are vulnerable to diseases, with causes mostly because of improper nutrition. Due to technology, the world is left suffering. We may not notice but our continuous act of ignoring nature is killing us little by little.
Eating the right amount and kinds of food everyday is a tremendous contribution of nutrition to prevention of diseases. Inadequate calorie intake has been demonstrated to bring about an impairment of physical efficiency, low production output and poor muscle strength and endurance. Vitamin deficiency affects physical fitness

and well-being. Protein deficiency results to muscular weakness, fatigue and overall work performance.
We are challenged not to be bound by the modern world. All the products of science and technology will mean nothing if we die at 20 or 30. It will not give us the nutrition that we need to avoid H1N1 and kill every virus, disease, and infection in the world. It will just catch our attention, pull us to its deepest attraction, and we’re done, we’re gone. We’ll be dust and ashes in the split of time, in the blink of an eye.
Proper nutrition is the very thing we need now. Our existence will mean a lot as well as our goals if we can utilize this. If only we can set aside every earthly distraction and pay close attention to health and life, then every man can wake up each day facing the new hope of the golden sun and providing the wellspring of progress in the world.

Rahema Shakur
Beaconhouse School System
Senior Girls Branch, Satellite Town Rawalpindi

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