Eating; Back to basics

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Yevgeniy Sokolov, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands on a treadmill in preparation to start a VO2 max test at the Health and Wellness Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2015. The VO2 max measures the maximum amount of oxygen the body is able to use during a period of intense exercise depending on the subject’s weight and the strength of their lungs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Yevgeniy Sokolov, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands on a treadmill in preparation to start a VO2 max test at the Health and Wellness Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2015. The VO2 max measures the maximum amount of oxygen the body is able to use during a period of intense exercise depending on the subject’s weight and the strength of their lungs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

A vanilla greek yogurt parfait is shown at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 11, 2015. This dish is one example of the healthy snack alternatives the Davis-Monthan AFB Health and Wellness Center offers to prepare during its nutrition classes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

A vanilla greek yogurt parfait is shown at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 11, 2015. This dish is one example of the healthy snack alternatives the Davis-Monthan AFB Health and Wellness Center offers to prepare during its nutrition classes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

Lana R. Fred, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center program coordinator, instructs U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Yevgeniy Sokolov, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, how to wear a VO2 max facemask at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2015. The mask covers both the mouth and nose while it measures the body’s oxygen intake though a tube connected to both the facemask and computer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

Lana R. Fred, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center program coordinator, instructs U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Yevgeniy Sokolov, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, how to wear a VO2 max facemask at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2015. The mask covers both the mouth and nose while it measures the body’s oxygen intake though a tube connected to both the facemask and computer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz -- The smell of baking cheese, sizzling meats, and toasting bread waft into the air. In the oven, a pizza rests with its oils glistening in the kitchen lights, waiting to be devoured.

While pizza may make mouths water uncontrollably and stomachs lurch with desire, it also may leave you craving for more food. In fact, many foods leave you feeling full for a short amount of time before hunger strikes again. The Health and Wellness Center provides information on how to keep that full feeling without over eating.

"If the food is not giving you the right amount of nutrients, your body's going to be craving more," said Cindy Davis, 355th Force Support Squadron Health and Wellness Center registered dietitian nutritionist. "It's going to be saying to you 'feed me, feed me!' so that you can eventually tease out the few nutrients that might be in any one food. That's why people may tend to overeat; they aren't getting what they need."

Food is fuel for the body. It is what gives the body energy, boosts brain power, and keeps an effective immune system. Unfortunately, not all foods are created equal. Some foods provide all the right nutrients to keep the body in tip-top shape, while other foods can actually hinder the body's performance.

"The more processed a food is, the worse it tends to be," Davis said. "If it's loaded with the three flavor enhancers: salt, fat and sugar, it is considered bad food. Your basic fast food burger patty is loaded with these flavor enhancers, where the actual patty only contains about 2 percent of actual beef."

Davis encourages everyone to go back to the basics when it comes to eating clean. As long as people are eating basic food groups, such as fruits and vegetables, they're going to receive all the nutrients their bodies need. The HAWC offers information on how to keep the body operating smoothly.

The HAWC also provides classes on a plethora of health topics to include weight management, nutrition and cooking. These classes advise Airmen and their families to make healthy choices.

There are monthly cooking classes available to provide meal prep ideas for those looking for healthy alternatives. The HAWC will even work to offer lessons on specific meals requested by class attendees.

They also offer tobacco cessation, body composition assessment, and cardio coach. Some of these assessments and classes allow people to keep track of their health and fitness progression.

"What I find is that when people start eating the foods that contain more nutrients and more fiber, they tend to eat less." Davis said. "They feel better because they're getting the nutrients they need, and all of a sudden, it's become a lifestyle change. They are ready and excited to start working out."

The HAWC is located next to the Tech. Sgt. Arthur J. Benko Fitness and Sports Center on South Fifth Street, Building 2303. For any further inquiries, call 520-228-5294.