World Food Day
WE CELEBRATE THIS DAY KNOWING THE OPINION OF OUR COLLEAGUE MARIA ISABEL RAMÍREZ GOERCKE.
Today we celebrate World Food Day and on the occasion of this day, our colleague Maria Isabel Ramírez Goercke, answers some questions about the importance of food and how it can affect our physical and mental health.
HOW FOOD INFLUENCES OUR LIFE.
Food has been present since the origin of man on earth and has been one of the central axes of social life, since living in society among other aspects has implied sharing food.
If we look for the meaning of food, we find that it is a conscious and voluntary activity of the human being, which includes the process from obtaining food for consumption to the moment of its ingestion, chewing and swallowing. That is why diet, food and different types of food play a very important role both in maintaining health and in preventing certain diseases, since daily we are the ones who choose these foods that can influence for good or for bad in our life and in our state of health.
Something that should be kept in mind is that the reason why we eat food is not only to satisfy our nutritional need and be healthy, but also for the pleasure of eating, which is something that many of us forget.
IMPACT OF COVID ON FOOD
The Covid has also generated a greater focus on food, generating greater interest in foods that can help reduce its effects or its contagion, since a poorly nourished person has a greater risk of contracting infections as well as an overnourished person (with a excessive energy intake) may affect your immune system to fight infections.
Although there is no food that can cure or treat the virus, a good diet can help prevent or lessen the effects of COVID-19 since it actively participates in the function of the immune system. That is, for the maintenance of the immune system, a constant consumption of vitamins and minerals that would be present in a balanced diet is required, which must be sufficient, complete, balanced, satisfactory, safe, adapted to the person and the environment, sustainable and affordable.
IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD MIND / DIET BALANCE
It is important to reflect on whether our relationship with food is healthy, balanced, stable or just the opposite; problematic, altered, where the feeling of guilt is always present; Since it is not only food that influences how we feel, but also that the way we feel influences how we eat.
If we use food to generate or reduce an emotional state and if we add to this the constant concern that exists about body weight, we will enter a vicious circle and will cause us great emotional instability that is often reflected in a bad relationship with the meal.
If this is your case and your relationship with food is deficient and unstable, it is essential to look for a network of professionals that you can support (nutritionists, psychologists, doctors, etc.) and who will help you find an emotional balance in your life. that the focus is not only on food but on all the daily activities of an individual such as rest, physical exercise, social relationships, etc.
THE MUTCA AND OBESITY BELONGS TO THE AREA OF ??PSYCHOLOGY, YOU WHO COME FROM THE AREA OF ??NUTRITION. WHAT HAS THIS MASTER’S DEGREE CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR TRAINING AS A NUTRITIONIST?
It is true that MUTCAyO is quite focused on psychology, but I think that if you have been studying or working in the area of ??nutrition for a long time, you will have realized that these two professions (as well as many others) go hand in hand.
I think that today, in order to contribute more to your profession, it is important to read, study and understand other topics, in order to have a slightly more global vision (obviously without intrusiveness).
The psychology is very present in eating behaviors of people because if we think, everything is very closely related: emotional health, physical health, eating habits, emotions, perceptions, self – esteem, society, etc., since I studied the master I have changed the perspective and focus of my consultations and especially of my profession, I no longer only focus on the surface of the problem (caloric calculation and dietary planning) but now I try to understand my patient from a more comprehensive (always relying on other professionals).
CURRENT INTRUSION IN THE RRSS IN THE NUTRITIONIST PROFESSION.
Before answering this question, I think it is important to highlight the role of a nutritionist in understanding their role in health. Nutritionists / dietitians are health professionals with university degrees who, due to their profession, can advise, assess, guide, research and teach in order to improve the quality of life of an individual or a population, both in health and in disease.
Regarding the question, I believe that there has always been intrusion, but we must not forget that marketing and the excess of food information that exists within the reach of the entire population in the RRSS and above all that generates great confusion in people at the time of make food choices, as there are many mixed messages.
There are many mental and physical health complications that are closely related to poor eating practices and many of them have been encouraged by many users or people who guide diets, recommend products, supplements, etc., through social networks, offering a Nutritional care of very little or no quality by people is not always specialized, as is the case of many “influencers”, sellers of food products, etc., which expose followers to false treatments, aesthetic ideals, fad diets , false recommendations, information without scientific evidence and mostly with the objective of losing weight in the short term that does not necessarily take care of or ensure the health of the individual.
At the European University we believe in the importance of a good diet that provides us with everything we need to achieve well-being and balance in all areas of our life.