Good nutrition is essential to healthy living. Consuming a poor diet is a risk factor for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight & obesity, heart disease, diabetes and poorer health outcomes overall. So where does one start? Here are some tips! Start with the information. Learn about what foods have good nutrients in them and which ones don't. Remove one thing from your diet that doesn't have any nutritional value. Replace it with something better. Make it as simple as you can. Pack your own snacks, prepare your lunch and eat a variety of fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains. Eat in color! Choose lean proteins, avoid added sugar, processed foods, fast foods and foods high in fat and high in sodium.
There are usually improvements we can make to our diets that will lead us to make more positive food choices. This may not come easy and that’s OK. Do you ever feel like you don't have the time to think about your food and what you are putting in your body? Are you busy and always on the go? Are you all out of ideas for cooking and making homemade meals every night for dinner? This is probably common for a lot of people. You are not alone. We don't always have the time or the energy.
Eating well is a lifestyle. It takes learning and practice and commitment, You are worth it, your body is worth it and there are so many benefits to eating nutritious foods! It's time to prioritize our health and our nutrition is a good place to start!
There are different was to approach nutrition and food choices. There are the nutrition "basics" which cover healthy food choices based on the food groups and learning to read and understand a nutrition label. Believe it or not, this can be challenging! Some food labels include ingredients we may not know what they are or have never heard of before. Because of this, we may not know the positive or negative effect they may have on our bodies. But, that doesn't mean we have to fear the label! Nutrition also includes good fats and bad fats, how to increase our "good" cholesterol, reduce our bad and use portion control…Not only what we eat, but the amount too.
The foods we eat affect our energy level and how we feel. Good nutritious foods give us energy and strength rather than making us feel sluggish and bloated. There is nutrition that includes plant based food options and how to get your fruit, veggies, whole grains, nuts proteins and more all by eating a plant based diet. There is cooking using healthier oils, less salt and healthy ingredients from scratch that you have right in your fridge. We can transform our bodies and our minds through the value of good nutrition!
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