THE THREE-WAY CHECKLIST FOR PROPER NUTRITION
by Christian Joseph S. Baluyot, RND
November 16, 2021 | Tuesday
Food and Nutrition has been an integral part of our daily living. It is an essential that all people need to address, sustain, and maintain. A lot of articles and news are popping up giving highlight to these “proper diet” and “right foods” but are we sure that what we read online are information that is applicable to us? The short answer is… No, they don’t!
While technically, most of this information surfacing online are correct and based on facts, not all recommendations online are applicable to everyone since each one of us are as unique as our fingerprints and DNA. No two bodies are alike. What seems to be an effective diet and regimen to one person may not be directly beneficial to another person.
The thing that lacks this online information is PERSONALIZATION. And personalization is the key to proper and targeted nutrition. Here is the Three-Way Checklist to ensure a proper and targeted nutrition:
Meal Formula is the body’s personal nutrition specification containing the quantity of nutrients required by the body. In simpler terms, the Meal Formula consists of your own Daily Caloric Requirement and its Macronutrient Allocations. The Macronutrients include Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats which are the major players in providing energy to the body. With a proper computation of your meal formula comes with the proper energy intake that yields to sufficient energy for your daily nutrition needs.
Meal Structure is the nutritional components of your meal formula. If the Meal Formula is talking about the quantity of the food through its numbers and figures, the Meal Structure talks about the quality of foods ensuring diversity, variety, and color in every meal. Meal Structure may also contain information on your targeted nutrient deficiencies that may be addressed through nutrient-rich foods. Aside from the initial macronutrients in the meal formula, the Meal Structure focuses more on the micronutrients and phytonutrients that are proven to be helpful in a handful of health management goals.
If the meal formula is the quantity and allocation of the food, and the meal structure is the quality and composition of food, the Meal Patterns talks about the execution of the formula and structure provided. Meal patterns are directly related to the different cooking methods applied in preparing meals. Your personal preferences, like your likes and dislikes, are being accounted in here. And your ability to cook and adherence to the food plan is somehow addressed by meal patterns as well. Through the meal patterns, you can get personalized and targeted meals that are healthful and tasteful.
With this three-way checklist, we can ensure a personalized nutrition and food application for you. Having proper guidance on your nutrition needs may impact greatly in your health journey. Have your nutrition checked out today! Enroll to Go2Health’s programs or subscribe to Go2Health’s Health Plans and have yourself a Three-Way Checked Nutrition with your proper Meal Formula, Meal Structure, and Meal Patterns. For more information, visit https://www.go2health.ph and follow our social media accounts. Stay tuned for more food and nutrition tips and a Feature Recipe coming up this week!