The healthy/unhealthy continuum

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The healthy/unhealthy continuum
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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 8:56pm

On a dietary continuum from 100% healthy (not a single non-nutritive food consumed EVER, all dietary recommendations met daily) to 100% unhealthy (all processed food, no fruits/veggies/whole grains), at what point do you consider a diet no longer to be in the healthy range of the continuum? Do you consider one or two vices to disqualify an otherwise healthy and well-balanced diet as being healthy? Or do you judge the healthfulness of a diet based on whether basic dietary guidelines are followed?















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Registered: 12-07-2003
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 9:24pm
I think there is a continuum, but I think that my continuum varies from that of traditional nutritionists. Rather than strictly looking at nutritional value, I look more at processed vs. unprocessed, local vs. non-local, and organic vs. non-organic.
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Registered: 05-10-2009
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 9:30pm

at what point do you consider a diet no longer to be in the healthy range of the continuum? I'd think you'd have to be over 50%.

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Registered: 01-07-2004
Sat, 04-10-2010 - 4:22pm
Or do you judge the healthfulness of a diet based on whether basic dietary guidelines are followed?

i judge it based on the diet as a whole. i think that you can have a pretty healthy diet and still have some "junky" stuff in there. i think my diet is pretty healthy-i eat a lot of lean meats, fish, fruits, veggies, yogurt, etc. but i also eat a lot of white bread, dessert-type foods
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 04-10-2010 - 5:21pm

One rule I have also seen mentioned is the 80/20 rule. If you eat healthy 80% of the time you don't have to worry much about the rest. I think I'll go with that.

I do not consider one or two vices enough to disqualify one's diet from being healthy but depending on those vices changes may have to be made in other areas to keep the diet healthy. For instance someone who really likes red meat may have to restrict their fats in other areas. Someone who likes desserts may have to restrict their calories more in other areas.

I also think that individual health/genetics has to be taken into account of what is a healthy diet. A healthy diet for someone with cholesterol issues would contain less animal fat. A healthy diet for someone with high blood pressure would contain less sodium.

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sat, 04-10-2010 - 10:39pm

I've been thinking about how to answer this, b/c it's so complex.

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Ducky

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:58am

I was rereading a magazine article that I saved because I liked it so much.

She talks about your diet being a bank account.

"Just like you have to balance spending and saving, you have to balance food choices. Most of the time, make smart investments in healthful foods that fill you up. Then when you want to spurge go ahead. However, a splurge comes with a price. You have to balance that splurge by cutting back a little afterward until your accounts are in order again."

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Sun, 04-11-2010 - 10:31am

I aim for moderation. This thread has gotten me thinking. Experts tell moms to look at their toddler's eating over a week and not obsess over each meal but adults are to have 100% of daily nutrients (or what nutrients are know and currently popular among experts) at each and every meal. So which is it?

Chris

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Sun, 04-11-2010 - 10:38am
I'm going to park my ditto with you.

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 10:41am

That's a good analogy.

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Ducky

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 10:44am

Experts tell moms to look at their toddler's eating over a week and not obsess over each meal.....


Yes.


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