Getting to Know Nutrition

It sounds quite simple. The better you eat, the better you feel. A nutritious diet can even stave off many health problems in the future.

But figuring out what “nutritious” means is far more complicated. There is no shortage of information about what to eat and how to eat to best fuel your body. From Paleo to Atkins to Gluten-free – which (if any!) may be right for you? There are also detox plans and vitamins and supplements, too. Oh boy.

The bottom line is that there is no one right answer for everyone, but there are some simple guidelines to help get you on the right track:

  • Limit your processed food intake. Processed foods are full of hidden salt and sugar that can wreak havoc on your health. When you prepare your own food, you know – and can control – exactly what ingredients are included, which helps you know exactly how much you are eating.
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Now is the season for local farmers markets and a multitude of fresh produce. Take advantage and fill your plate with colorful fruits and veggies that are high in fiber and rich in essential nutrients.
  • And lastly, we’ve said it before, but it’s vitally important – drink more water. Wean off of the sugary drinks like pop and juice, and even the artificially sweet drinks, too. Try to get at least 8 to 10 glasses of water in each day.

There is, of course, a lot more to eating well than these few tips, but making these changes can get you started with healthier eating habits.