Your Energy Equation!
probably heard that "you are what you eat"... so
what does that mean exactly? A "balanced diet" means
you get the most energy and nutrition from the foods you choose
to eat. For a healthy body, start by eating when you are hungry
and stopping when you are full. Enjoy
your favorite foods from all food groups in sensible
amounts. Have lots of fun staying active by playing
your favorite sports, enjoying dance or yoga classes or even
power-walking with friends.
Energy Equation is balanced when the amount of energy you
use is equal to the energy (calories) that you get from food.
If you take in more calories from your food than your body
needs, then it's stored as fat. On the other hand, if you
don't eat as many calories as your body needs, then it will
use your "stored" energy (fat).
This is an exciting time for you! Your body is doing lots
of growing and changing, almost as much as when you were a
little baby. It's very normal and healthy for your
body, weight, and appearance to change. Don't panic if you
notice changes in your body --- you are going through growth
spurts. If you're worried about your weight, talk to your
parents, a registered dietitian, the school nurse or your
doctor. Being at a healthy weight is important. It's just
as important to be physically active every day!
Girls need about 40 nutrients every day
to grow, move and have fun. No food contains
all 40 of these. So, you need to get a balance of these nutrients
from many different foods. For instance, citrus fruits have
a lot of Vitamin C but they don't have any Vitamin B12. On
the other hand, foods from the meat group, like beef, fish,
pork and poultry, have a lot of Vitamin B12 but they don't
have any Vitamin C. This is why you need to eat a wide variety
of foods every day. One food or type of food can't do the
job all by itself. That's why we need to balance the foods
needs the same amount of nutrients. Girls need different amounts
of nutrients than boys. A 10-year old girl needs different
amounts than a 15-year-old girl.
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