April 30, 2018
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” –Thomas Edison
Good nutrition is the key to living a long and healthy life. Some of the most common chronic diseases and leading causes of death in the United States today include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and overweight/obesity. Altering your eating habits to include more balanced meals and wholesome foods can have many long-term benefits, primarily in decreasing risk for chronic diseases. ‘Nutrition’ is a vague term and has a different meaning among different groups of people. Let’s start with a basic overview of what nutrition is and why it is important to our health.
Everyone has different dietary needs dependent on age, gender, height, weight, physical activity level, and health status. For example, a college athlete who exercises for four hours a day will have different energy requirements than a pregnant 30-year old woman who will have different requirements than a 70-year old man bedridden post-surgery. However, regardless of one’s energy needs, everyone can improve their eating habits using MyPlate, a healthy eating tool created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). MyPlate uses a simple dinner plate to incorporate all five food groups into a meal: grains, dairy, protein, fruits, and vegetables.
Listed below are ways to make small changes to your “plate” in order to eat healthier.
The MyPlate website takes you through each of the five food groups and discusses the daily recommendations for each food group across different age groups, what a serving size from each group looks like, and examples of foods from each group. MyPlate is an incredibly useful tool in planning and preparing daily meals and can be used in meal-prep for a variety of special diets.
This leads us to our next question…
What is the Bakesplit and how can the Bakesplit help you achieve your nutritional goals?
The Bakesplit is a silicone baking sheet divider that is used to partition baking sheets to prepare multiple types of food at the same time. Not only can the Bakesplit allow you to cook your entire meal using just one baking sheet, it can also save you lots of time making meals for the family and preparing meals for the week ahead. Remember – if you want to cook two different items on the same sheet, both foods must have the same cooking/baking temperature. Listed below are applications of the Bakesplit that can help you reach your nutritional needs.
You can think of additional uses of the Bakesplit while keeping your individual nutritional needs in mind. Besides being time-efficient, the Bakesplit allows you to cook multiple types of food for multiple people at the same time without worrying about cross-contamination. Using educational tools such as MyPlate along with the Bakesplit offers greater flexibility and options for everyday dietary needs and restrictions.
May 23, 2018