Learn About Nutrition

Overview

Eating or fueling for performance enables Soldier training, increases energy and endurance, shortens recovery time between activities, improves focus and concentration, and helps leaders and Soldiers look and feel better. Although Soldiers and leaders frequently understand the connections between nutrition and mission readiness, they also cite numerous barriers to obtaining optimal nutrition. These barriers include lack of access to healthy foods, time constraints arising from working through meals or working late, monetary constraints, and low motivation to make healthy choices. Specifically, when interviewed on what affects their nutrition, many Soldiers cited military dining facility hours, cost, location, and limited healthy options as barriers to making the healthy choice. Others indicated the prevalence of unhealthy on-base fast food options detracted from their ability and motivation to make optimal food selections.



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Introduction to Nutrition

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Napoleon’s famous quote, “An Army marches on its stomach,” refers to the importance of the supply line, however, it also refers to the fact that Soldiers can only fight or function effectively if they have been well fueled. Continue Reading

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Protein

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Dietary protein is considered the body’s building blocks and helps repair the body’s tissues. Protein is a necessary component of any performance nutrition plan. Continue Reading

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Fat

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Fat is a vital part of the diet, provides taste to foods and satisfies hunger. Fat is also essential to a performance nutrition plan. Continue Reading

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Hydration

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Dehydration can occur regardless of fitness level, body composition, or age. Continue Reading

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Nutrient Timing

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Nutrient timing involves proper fueling strategies before, during, and after physical training sessions and other strenuous activity. Solid strategies for eating and hydrating before, during and after exercise are essential. Continue Reading

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Dietary Supplements and Energy Drinks

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Dietary supplements are products taken that contain a “dietary ingredient” such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs or botanicals. They come in many forms, including tablets, capsules, powders, energy bars, and liquids. Continue Reading

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Nutrition in the Field

January 30, 2018

Everyone

Poor nutrition in extreme conditions (hot, cold, or high altitude) can lead to fatigue, rapid weight loss, injury, illness, and dehydration. Continue Reading

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Nutrition and Oral Health

January 30, 2018

Everyone

Everything you put in your mouth affects your oral health. Protect yourself against mouth pain, infection, and loose or missing teeth which can impair your ability to eat high performance, high-fiber foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Continue Reading

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Tips for Families With Children

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Family meals are the perfect place for children to learn about healthy eating. Parents should model healthy eating habits and encourage kids to try new foods. Continue Reading

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Weight Control

January 10, 2018

Everyone

Managing weight is more than going on a diet or upping the amount of physical activity. Weight loss and weight loss maintenance is a bit more complicated and requires behavior modification and commitment to a lifestyle change. Continue Reading

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