Nutrition is the science of nourishing the body and
the art of giving serious thought to what you're consuming. While your
body has an innate ability to sense when you need to eat, it
hasn't the slightest idea what you should eat. Good nutrition is
first and foremost a lifestyle. Just as lifting weights for the first
time won't instantly give you a huge muscular frame, eating a nutritious
meal won't suddenly make you feel happier and healthier.
The first step is to be conscious that everything you eat and drink
is affecting your life. Once you've made a conscious connection (such as
"gee, those 10 cups of coffee a day sure are making me tired in the morning")
you can start taking your diet seriously.
The next and most important step is to start looking carefully at the
nutritional value (or lack thereof) of what you're eating and drinking. We've provided
some tools on this site to help you analyze what you're eating:
- Before going anywhere else, you should have gone to the
Nutritional Profile Generator.
Maybe you should go RIGHT NOW. (Hint, Hint).
(Your profile has been set already, don't worry)
Give it some quick information about yourself (that we keep strictly confidential)
and it will determine what sorts of nutritional needs you have. Once you've
been there, your nutritional profile will be saved for later use with other tools. Also, the
pages on this server will change dynamically to provide you with information relevant to your
- The Food Counter is
a tool for counting up what you ate today. Ever wonder if you were getting
enough calcium or too much fat? Here's your chance to find out!
- The Food Planner is
a close cousin of the Food Counter, oriented towards planning out your next
meal. You can add or remove foods to a scratchpad and see how nutritious the
whole combination is. The scratchpad is stored in your configuration settings,
so you can come back to the scratchpad at any time and pick up where you left
Tip: Enter your meals into the scratchpad one at a time throughout your day.
By the end of the day you'll have all the statistics on what you ate today, and how
it compares to your ideal food consumption!
- All of our tools use a Food Database based on
freely distributable information from the USDA and further supplemented to
include common junk foods and fast foods.
You can Search
the database for a specific food, or
Add a new food to the
- If you've had an experience regarding Nutrition you'd like to share, you can
submit your two cents to our
Testimonials Archive. If
you don't have anything to say, you can visit the archive and see what others
have to say.
- Looking for advice? You will probably have luck on our
Message Board, where you can freely
discuss anything relating to Nutrition.
Once you're conscious of exactly how much nutrients you are consuming every day,
it's important to understand what role each one plays in maintaining your
health. We've provided a library of nutrient profiles
for all the major nutrients: what they are, how much you need, and how they