Eating good food, especially with family and friends, is one of the greatest pleasures in life. A healthy and wholesome diet throughout one’s life is extremely important as it promotes a healthy life. A healthy diet has a direct impact on various stages of our life - from nourishing your baby while you are pregnant, supporting his/her normal growth, development of your child as well as our personal ageing. Additionally, it helps to maintain a healthy body weight, and reduces the risk of chronic disease leading to overall health and well-being.
Food can improve the chance of fertility during preconception. Well-nourished mothers are likely to have healthy babies. During pregnancy, quality and quantity of diet is essential for optimal foetal growth and can influence pregnancy outcomes.
Additionally, discomfort, and symptoms of menopause can be greatly reduced by a healthy diet for older women.
We all enjoy our meals if they are tasty and we eat them in a comfortable happy environment. Mealtime can be a time when families talk and bond together, and teach children good habits and customs. Therefore food can positively affect their health and well-being. Healthy meals have a direct impact on the family’s immunity, strength and growth.
Many families who might have moved to Singapore as an expat have an additional challenge of adapting to a new environment and keeping one’s own culinary heritage – thereby prompting one’s family to adjust and alter their eating habits. These dietary changes should be looked into to ensure one’s family’s nutrient intake is healthy and varied.
Stress: understanding the link between stress and our eating habits is essential. Certain food and behaviour can increase stress, whilst others give one relief. Everyone is different.
In the same way, our eating habits can influence our quality and quantity of sleep too.
Healthy eating and healthy living help to prevent or keep under control some chronic conditions, like digestive disorders, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, weight problems.
Eating food is related to our global health: physically, mentally, emotionally.
Our holistic approach should not only be about what we eat, but also how, when, where and why we eat. There is no ideal diet, all advice should be tailored to meet the patient’s needs and preferences. It is interesting to note that even small changes in diet and lifestyle can have the greatest effect on one’s health and well-being. Choose the food that is good for you body, mind and emotions.
At Dynamics our approach of food is holistic: it is not only about what we eat, but also how, when, where and why we eat. We help parents and children lead a healthier lifestyle through nutrition. If you're trying to manage your weight, eliminate digestive issues or form healthier eating habits for the whole family, our mission is to help you reach your health goals, and in turn, improve your quality of life, for now and the future!
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The word ‘diet’ has often been associated with weight-loss strategies. However, it is not just for losing weight. Diet refers to a sum of food that one consumes daily, and there are many types of diets available, such as vegetarian diet, ketogenic diet, Mediterranean diet and others.
Nutrition refers to how the food and fluids we consume affect our bodies. Nutrients are the substance from food that are essential to our health and well-being. Nutrients are grouped into macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats, dietary fibre and water) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Nutrition is important to one’s health and development because what you eat daily can contribute significantly to your growth, development, health and overall well-being. Having good nutrition is getting the right amount and combination of the right food, that is, ensuring a balanced and healthy diet. Without proper nutrition, which means the lack, excess or improper intake of nutrients, it could lead to different types of illnesses and/or chronic diseases, such as anaemia, obesity, malnutrition or diabetes.
Have a chat with our Nutritionist if you wish to learn more about nutrition and diet or have other nutritional concerns.
Besides having an impact on physical health, nutrition is also known to affect mental health. Food is linked to our emotional (mood) and mental states since food can positively or negatively affect us.
For example, food that is high in caffeine or sugar may contribute to a lack of sleep, which in the long run, could lead to a loss of focus or medical conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.
Nutrients are important for healthy brain function. Essential nutrients, such as Magnesium and Vitamin D and fatty acids, can positively affect brain health. Most of these nutrients can help control or alleviate symptoms of mental conditions, such as depression. Some examples of food that are good for the brain include whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
Having a balanced and healthy diet will help prevent deficiencies in nutrients that are essential to boost memory, focus and mood and overall brain health. Eating healthily can energise you and help you experience fewer mood fluctuations and lesser anxiety as well as enjoy a more positive outlook and better clarity of mind.
Reach out to us here if you have more questions or wish to speak to someone regarding your mental health.
Essential nutrients are required at each stage of a child’s development for their healthy growth and development, physically and mentally.
Deficiencies in these nutrients during these developmental stages could lead to impairment or delay in achieving the child’s developmental milestones. Poor nutrition (Malnutrition), whether under-nutrition or overnutrition (obesity), can cause a child to experience challenges in learning, their growth rate and body development, esteem or could even lead to the development of certain medical conditions.
Children who have a healthy and balanced diet tend to have a stronger immune system, lower risks of diseases, learn better and are more productive, among other benefits. Furthermore, forming healthy eating habits at a young age can help them develop a healthier lifestyle and enjoy better health as they progress into adulthood.
For their optimal growth and development, children require a regular and balanced intake of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats, dietary fibre and water) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). The required amount of nutrients, however, will differ with age and other unique factors. For the recommended food groups and number of servings per day, you can refer to the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH)’s guidelines here.
Have a chat with our Nutritionist to find out how you can boost your child’s nutrition and health.
During this period of working or studying from home, the flexibility and frequency of engaging in healthy living, such as exercises, may be affected significantly. Some individuals may even lapse into an irregular and unhealthy diet.
Eating healthily is important, even more so during the pandemic, as it can help keep you strong physically and mentally. For example, you will have the essential nutrients to boost your immune system to prevent or combat any infection or improve your mental clarity and resilience to cope with the negativities and ongoing changes around you.
Here are some ways you can ensure a good home-based diet— and a healthier state of mind — for you and your loved ones:
Have a chat with our Nutritionist if you wish to learn more about eating healthily or if you have other nutritional concerns.
Healthy eating refers to the regular and balanced consumption of minimally processed or whole food that contains nutrients essential for optimal health and well-being. To ensure you receive the nutrients you need, include a variety of food from the different food groups in your diet.
Types of food group and food:
Avoid or cut down on unhealthy food options, such as:
Here are other tips to help start you out on your healthy eating journey:
A Nutritionist or Dietitian studies the 3 human body, needs and preferences, the nutrients offered by various types of food, and how these food and drinks affect different individuals, including the link between nutrition and diseases or chronic illnesses.
A well-trained Nutritionist or Dietitian can help you create a healthy and quality life through:
At Dynamics, we advocate eating healthily as we believe that food and nutrition have a direct impact on adults and children. To empower individuals to live healthier lifestyles, achieve personal health goals and improve their quality of life, we offer holistic, practical and personalised nutrition and sensory counselling and services. Our services include providing expert advice on nutrition and appropriate lifestyles, recommending nutritious meal plans for the whole family, and more. Each of our sessions is about an hour long and these sessions can be conducted in the comfort of your home, at our centre, online or even outdoors.
Schedule an appointment to speak to our highly qualified and experienced Nutritionist about nutrition and a healthy diet for you and your loved ones.
For adults, our bodies are made up of about 60-75% water. Water plays an important role in our bodies. Not only does water help quench our thirst and keep us hydrated, but water also contributes to the proper functioning of our bodies, such as helping to regulate our body temperature, transports nutrients and oxygen in the blood, removes waste through urine, and prevents medical conditions, such as constipation and kidney stones, among other functions.
We lose water every day, which can be through perspiration, urinating, etc. It is thus important that we replenish fluids in our bodies. On average, an adult needs around 8 glasses of fluid daily, which include water and other types of beverages.
Plain water is, of course, the best option as it does not contain any additives or other chemicals. If you are consuming other types of fluids, it is advisable to opt for beverages without sugar and minimise the intake of caffeinated beverages, which may lead to certain health issues if taken in excess. Other sources of water are the food we eat, for example, fruits, such as watermelon, and vegetables, such as cucumber.
Warning signs of dehydration can include:
Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, for teenagers and adults, is a guide as there are many unique factors to consider when deciding exactly how much one needs to consume daily. It is recommended to bear in mind factors, such as the weather, your job, age and exercise regime, among others. For example, if you are someone who works out frequently, your fluid intake needs to be higher as compared to someone who does not exercise regularly due to the loss of water through perspiration.
Weight gain or loss can be a touchy subject because in most cases, these individuals are already experiencing self-doubts, guilt and shame. We may not be aware of the other person’s underlying issues, fears or challenges that could have caused the concerning weight gain or loss.
It is good to bear in mind that the focus should not be on the loss or gain in weight, but on the health and overall well-being of the person — physically, mentally and emotionally.
Here are some tips to help you address this subject:
In any weight gain plan, the health and well-being of the individual should always be the main focus. It is thus important to undertake healthy ways of gaining weight to ensure optimal physical and mental health throughout the process.
Many individuals seeking to gain weight or mass do so for certain health reasons. However, if you are naturally smaller sized or thin — but healthy — gaining weight or mass drastically could be counterproductive.
How does one healthily gain weight? Here are some tips to go about it:
Our sessions are typically conducted one-on-one. We do organise group sessions, as sensory workshops, which focus on enhancing one’s sense of taste.
During the initial session, we will perform an assessment to identify your symptoms, problems and risk factors. Following that, we will recommend and develop a personalised nutrition intervention, formulate needs-appropriate goals and determine the best plan of action.
During the Nutrition session, we will monitor your progress and evaluate the outcome. We will then engage you in a discussion about the challenges you face, recommendations on how to overcome them, and ways to adapt and implement the new goals in daily life.
During the Sensory sessions, we will conduct sensory exercises that are related to your sense of taste and smell.
Our current service delivery models include:
Have a chat with our Nutritionist to learn more about our sessions and how we can help you or a loved one.