Today healthy eating has become a most important issue given the challenging chore of discerning which are high quality nutritional foods and those which are low quality in nutritional value, in addition to those which are actually bad for your health in high (and even moderate) concentrations.
Good eating habits, where nutritional needs are met , and damaging foods are limited, allow our children and teens to have optimal physical and cognitive development. It is important to forge good habits from an early age, because our current and future health depends a lot on what we do day by day.
Unfortunately, Mexico has the first place in child obesity in the world, and Nuevo Leon is the sixth state in the country with the greatest index of obesity. The causes identified are excessive and uncontrolled intake of hyper-caloric foods with lots of fats and sugars, a decrease in physical recreational activity, an increase in mostly sedentary activities (including recreational and work activities), change in transportation modes and a growing urbanization which discourages walking for exercise.
Assuming the commitment to develop individuals who as highly trained to confront the challenges of today’s world, our school also promotes the creation of good eating habits by means of our nutritional programs.
The school facilities have appropriate spaces for consuming and acquiring wholesome food appropriate for the energy and nutritional needs of each age group, through the implementation of menus that meet the nutritional requirements of our beneficiaries, —designed and applied by highly qualified nutrition professionals.
OUR MENUS INCLUDE ALL 3 GROUPS OF ESSENTIAL FOODS FOR THE DAY:
These should cover a significant part of the total of our daily intake and their principal function is to supply the body with energy, especially the brain and the nervous system so that we can perform daily activities and remain active. A wide variety of complex carbohydrates — those foods that contain whole grain, such as whole wheat bread, oats, rice, pasta, quinoa, etc. will be offered. Foods in this group include fruits and vegetables, which additionally contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals. It is worth pointing out that the number of foods containing simple carbohydrates (sugars, white and wheat flours) will be reduces, given that most of these foods are highly caloric and tend to produce symptoms or conditions such as tiredness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, tooth decay, overweight, obesity and diabetes mellitus.
Proteins are the fundamental pillars of life, they have paramount importance among the molecules that make up living beings because they contribute to chemical reactions in living organisms, they regulate hormones, create antibodies, they help the body to repair cells, rebuild tissue, and provide us with support and also contribute to growth and development in children, teens, and pregnant women. Proteins may be of animal origin,such as meats, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, etc., or of vegetable origin such as lentils, chickpeas, peas, among many others. Given the importance of this group of foods, we will only include lean animal proteins in our menus, that is to say, those who have little fat content, without waste and vegetable origin proteins, which contain protective substances such as fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals, they have no cholesterol and their content of saturated fats in general is very low.
Lipids or fats are important nutrients, fundamental for our body. They are involved in numerous organic functions, and are the main energy reserve of the body. It is recommended that at least one fourth of our caloric intake come from fats. There are different types of fats that, in different proportions, must be present in our diet: saturated fats (animal origin), unsaturated fats (olive oil), and polyunsaturated fats (seed oils and dried fruits). Polyunsaturated fats promote correct nervous system, skin, and cardiovascular function, they are involved in the endocrine system function, and help to carry vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is important to mention that our menu will feature a reduced use of saturated fats, and no trans-fats will be used in the preparation and sale of food, because they are one of the main causes of overweight and obesity.
Our foods will be prepared with the most wholesome ingredients for complete nutrition. For example, only olive oil will be used in the preparation of food, as it is considered a very healthy essential fat. Also foods, such as dried fruit, almonds, pistachios and nuts will be offered, due to their high nutrient content and their Omega 3 content, which promotes good immune system function and improves neuron and chemical transmitter functions.
It is important that nutritional stress be placed not in solving problems but prevent them and promote health by establishing good eating habits. That is why at International School of Monterrey we are proud of contributing to the healthy development of our students by implementing a program that educate and facilitates the best decision-making for good wholesome nutrition.