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Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits

A photo of Lance Cpl. Blayn Chamblee sitting at a table full of food

Lance Cpl. Blayn Chamblee, a 185-pound devil dog, burns up to 1,000 calories for every one-hour physical training session.

Inhaling a meal and going back for seconds can easily add unwanted inches to your waistline. A traditionally prepared holiday meal can contain more than 5,000 calories, which is acceptable if your regular diet is relatively healthy. However, abiding by an unhealthy diet year round can put your overall health in jeopardy.

“Most young adults worry less about reducing their risk of chronic diseases like heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, or diabetes than they worry about being strong and able to have good work endurance,” said Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

“The benefits of eating healthy as a young adult will make these diseases less likely and keep them away longer, even when there is a strong family history or genetic  factors that increase the risks,” she added.

Variety of less processed foods, like fruits and vegetables and moderation of portion sizes to keep at a healthy weight are the key guidelines to a healthy diet.

Maintaining this diet throughout the year gives one the liberty to enjoy a celebratory meal without remorse.

“We should enjoy a special meal without guilt even if it is not the healthiest fare,” said Gerbstadt. “One meal does not make or break healthy eating.”

“If you try the 80/20 rule and eat healthy 80 percent of the time, with only 20 percent of the time being less healthy, the diet will be [healthy enough] to promote good performance.”

Food is fuel and for the human body to perform at its optimum, it needs lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, vegetable oils and nuts.

“If we have a high performance engine, much like a Marine’s body, we would never think of using regular gas for fuel,” Gerbstadt said. “Your body deserves to be treated with the respect that it gets from eating a healthy diet.

“Ideally, three meals and one to three snacks throughout the day provide the best ratio of nutrients for strength and endurance.”

For those that indulged an excess of food and drinks on special occasions, Akida H. Jordan, health promotion coordinator for Semper Fit,
suggests increasing water intake and physical activity by 30 minutes a day to work off the calories.

“Those simple steps will be a great start to help [the] body flush out waste and improve the functionality of [the] digestive system,” Jordan said. “The increase in exercise will help burn those additional calories, increase heart activity and metabolic rocessing.”

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4 Responses

  1. Marlon says:

    That’s how we looked on the weekends in Okinawa, back in the day.

  2. Stanprel says:

    HAS THE MARINES JOINED the LEFT SIDE OF SOCIETY..   Let them eat what they want like us in the old Marine Corps….STOP THE NANNY LAWS!!!!
    …….. In politics, the Left, left-wing, and leftists are people or views which generally support social change to create a more egalitarian society. They usually involve a concern for those in society who are disadvantaged relative to others and an assumption that there are unjustified inequalities (which right-wing politicsviews as natural or traditional) that should be reduced or abolished.
    The political terms Left and Right were coined during the French Revolution (1789–1799), referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General: those who sat on the left generally supported the radical changes of the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularization, while those on the right were supportive of the traditional institutions of the Old Regime. Use of the term “Left” became more prominent after the restoration of the French monarchy in 1815 when it was applied to the “Independents”. The term LEFT was later applied to a number of revolutionary movements, especially socialism, anarchism, andcommunism as well as more reformist movements such as green politics, social democracy, and social liberalism. 

  3. Trevor Forever-Trill Curtis says:

    damn he;s got a good meal :)

  4. Bagels says:

    I love the look on his face