What are the 6 building blocks to a healthy diet?

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2017 is a new year

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  • A healthier life – including losing weight (sound familiar this time of year?) Incredibly important. And never too late to start!
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What are the 6 building blocks to a healthy diet?

Not surprisingly, diet is the most important foundation upon which to build your “healthy house.” But just what is a healthy diet? That question has been around for many years.

There is, however, good nutritional advice that everyone can follow.

We can sometimes go too high on calories and not enough on nutritional value.

Here’s where to focus:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Most of us do not eat enough. They contain many of the nutrients (such as antioxidants) we need to combat aging and chronic diseases.Try to include colorful and, organic, and seasonal fruits and vegetables at every meal (including breakfast).
  • Whole Grains: Non-white grains (you know, oatmeal, whole wheat, brown rice). They provide not only fiber, but much-needed nutrients (including B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and selenium).And many whole grain choices are non-GMO. If organically grown, are less likely to have pesticides than conventionally grown grains, so choose organic when possible.
  • Dairy: Adults need about 1000 mg of calcium per day. Older individuals should increase that total to at least 1200 mg per day.It takes 4 servings of dairy products, such as milk or yogurt, to reach 1200 mg of calcium per day.
  • Protein: This should include all three meals. Plant proteins are good too: such as beans, lentils and other legumes, and soy foods such as tofu. Choose lean protein options including fish, skinless poultry, lean red meats, eggs, and nuts.
  • Fats: Wait? Fats are good? Of course. In moderation. But use monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. Not saturated and trans fats.Most people’s diets are lacking in the omega-3 fatty acids ALA, EPA and DHA. You can include flaxseed oil, avocado, chia seeds, and walnuts in your diet. Eat fish 2-3 times a week and/or supplement with fish oil when you are not eating enough fish or if you are concerned about contaminants in fish.
  • Avoid processed foods and any food that is high in sugar, salt, and fat. Drink alcohol in moderation.

Our health and well-being requires the integration of nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices throughout our lives. Build healthy habits one day at a time.


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