Diet: Another Four Letter Word.

Essay by SintheeaUniversity, Bachelor's March 2006

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Probably the most significant thing I have learned from this class is that my eating habits need a drastic overhaul. Being active duty Army, there is a misconception that military personnel are physical fit and lead a healthier lifestyle. From personal experience that is a misleading notion. If anything because of the hours and constant change my lifestyle is worse in comparison to a civilian in the same occupation. The stressors of my profession and those inherent in my career field make maintaining a healthy style difficult.

As I steadily approach retirement, in less than two months, I realize that I must make changes. Although my family history is nearly void of any hereditary diseases or afflictions, I still have age and a second career looming as considerations for a healthier lifestyle. I am 42 years of age and have a few preexisting health concerns: arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, sleep disorder, and irritable bowel and bladder syndrome, which have manifested within the past four years.

It is my belief that many of these disorders will remedy themselves after I retire leaving behind the physical and mental stressors of the military.

While my diet is not the healthiest, I do not think that it predisposes me to any specific disease but it can definitely make me more susceptible through immunocompromise caused by low or missing nutrients. Without a doubt, my eating habits are far below the standard that they should be. I believe I do make an effort to eat healthy but time management is made easier when supplementing with the availabilities of restaurants and restaurant delivery.

The second thing I have learned is the plethora of information that exists on all levels of health and diet issues. As a society we are becoming increasingly more knowledgeable and concerned in how...