People ask me all the time, “How do I eat for better health?” So, I decided to write about healthy eating in my blog. This is part 1 of at least a 10 part series designed to help you eat more healthfully!
First, you need to decide if you want a healthier diet. If you do, then keep reading.
Learn About Healthy Eating
Take some time now to read what the research and the experts say about diet and health on the Healthy Eating page of this blog.
Now check out the following links for additional information.
- Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Pyramid (you can enlarge it for better viewing)
- Harvard’s School of Public Health Healthy Eating Plate (click on a link below the plate to enlarge)
More information on healthy eating can be found on the Resources page.
Assess Your Diet
How does your current diet compare with what you’ve just read? If you are eating primarily whole grains, beans, small amounts of lean meats and fish, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, you are on the right track. You are consuming a nutrient dense diet. If you are eating chips, soda, candy, cookies, white bread, white pasta, cheese, fried foods, highly processed foods, processed meats, caffeinated beverages and salty foods then you have some work to do. Your diet is less healthy and likely nutrient deficient.
Decide on a Plan
- Slowly ease into a healthy diet by cutting back on the less healthy food and eating more of the healthier food
- Transition to a healthier diet sooner by using up the less healthy food that is currently in your home and not purchasing any more
- Jump into a healthier diet immediately by throwing out all the less healthy food that is in your home and starting fresh now
Whatever approach you take is up to you. Any move you make towards health will be a good one! If, after a month or so, you aren’t making the progress that you desire, then you will need to be diligent about eating more nutrient dense foods and less nutrient deficient foods.
Most of the recipes on this blog will be very healthy, but I will post “treat” recipes from time to time. It really is fine for most people to eat a treat occasionally. But that is the key word….occasionally. For good health you must eat primarily nutrient dense foods.
It’s time to get started. Toss away the bad food habits and begin your new eating plan. As you change from a nutrient deficient diet to a nutrient dense diet you will feel better, and your body will thank you!
Next Healthy Eating Blog: Plan and Shop for Nutrient Dense Foods