Eat to be fit not eat to be fat


There is practically no risk of deficiency diseases among ship’s crew, says a book both published by World Health Organization (WHO) and International Maritime Organization (IMO). However, overeating may present a health risk for some seafarers, particularly those whose work duties do not involve much physical exertion. Mild overweight is not a health hazard but severe obesity increases the risk of several diseases.

Question: If many seafarers are fat, what should we do?

Answer: Invite Dra. Vicki Belo onboard to perform liposuction. JOKE.

My friends, we can eat and drink almost anything we like at sea and the best part of it, they are being provided for free! However, one should be aware of his intakes. Baka maya-maya kinakain mo na ang inyong mga baso at pinggan sa sobrang katakawan or worst hindi mo alam, matagal ka na palang kumakain ng foodwaste. Baboy lang ang peg? Thus, for you to keep a good picture of health you must eat a balanced diet.

A balance diet, according to WHO should provide appropriate proportions of:

  1. Protein, which is found in foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, lentils and nuts.
  2. Carbohydrates, which are found in cereals, bread and other starchy foods.
  3. Fats, which are found in meat, milk and other dairy foods.
  4. vitamins, such as Vitamin A,B,C,D,E,B12 and folate,
  5. and lastly, minerals, such as iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iodine, which are found mainly in protein-rich foods.

Basically, you should eat/drink the following:

– at least five servings a day of fruit and vegetables, especially lentils, citrus fruits, and dark green leafy vegetables ( broccoli, Brussels, sprouts, etc.)

– unprocessed cereals and fruits as source of carbohydrates rather than sugar and starch.

– limited fat, preferably in form of monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil;

*polyunsaturated fat, as in margarine, is less desirable

* avoid “trans” fats, found in polyunsaturated fat packaged for deep frying and in commercially baked breads and biscuits.

– at least two fish meals a week, especially fast swimming, ocean dwelling fish.

– a moderate amount of alcohol ( i.e. not more than five drinks per day for five days per week), which can reduce the risk of heart disease.

I may sound harsh for anyone you will take this negatively but the truth is, you are what you eat. Your body is the sole temple of your soul. Take good care of it for a hospital bill can cause you a arm and a leg. When eating, eat to live don’t live to eat and finally, don’t forget me saying,


Acknowledgement: International Medical Guide for Ships Book

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