251212 Eating to be well, suggestions for a healthier diet

Eating to be well, suggestions for a healthier diet

Most of our nation appears to want to eat better in an effort to lower the risk of chronic diseases, heart diseases, cancers, and probably the biggest reason, to lose weight. It may sound simple to follow a nutritious diet of healthy portions of protein, carbohydrates, and fat but when it comes to what you put in your mouth on a daily basis the simplicity factor fails.

It should be easy to follow the advice of nutritionists. By getting the bulk of our food from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, and you are off to a good start. The rest of a healthy daily blend of calories comes from either a low fat or nonfat type of dairy product, and lean cuts of meat including fish and poultry.

Eating a diet similar to this follows closely the US government’s dietary approaches to stop hypertension (DASH). The DASH diet helps to lower high blood pressure and assists in weight control. The Dash diet is not the only one that helps to provide these benefits.

Plans that follow the Mediterranean diet recommendations with an emphasis on plant foods is also linked to reduced risk of disease, meaning a longer and high quality life expectancy. In each of these eating plans, the weight control becomes more likely when portion sizes are limited and exercise programs begin.

Limiting portions does not mean eating a single spoonful of anything. It means cutting back on the amount of food you eat at a setting.

Moreover, a healthy diet does not have to include bland, unappealing food. Instead, it affords an opportunity to explore other foods. Try different vegetables, fruits, and some of the vast array of whole grains that you probably aren’t currently eating.

You don’t have to stop eating your favorite foods, just be moderate in your choice of how often and how much. When you have a balanced diet that is high in the necessary nutrients and fiber then there is no danger in occasionally eating a hamburger or having an ice cream cone.