Healthy Nutrition
Healthy Nutrition

Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life. You can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet.

You should eat foods that contain vitamins and minerals. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and a source of protein.

You may need to improve your eating habits for better nutrition. Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, talk to your doctor about your health.

  • Do you have a health problem or risk factors, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol?
    • Did your doctor tell you you can improve your condition with better nutrition?
  • Do diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or osteoporosis run in your family?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you have questions about what foods you should eat or whether you should take vitamins?
  • Do you think you would benefit from seeing a registered dietitian or someone specializing in nutrition counseling?

Path to improved health

It can be hard to change your eating habits. It helps if you focus on small changes. Changing your diet may also be beneficial if you have diseases that can be made worse by things you are eating or drinking. Symptoms from conditions such as kidney disease, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease can all benefit from changes in diet. Below are suggestions to improve your health. Stay in touch with your doctor, so they know how you are doing.

  • Find the strong and weak points in your current diet. Do you eat 4-5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day? Do you get enough calcium? Do you eat whole-grain, high-fiber foods? If so, you’re on the right track! Keep it up. If not, add more of these foods to your daily diet.
  • Keep track of your food intake by writing down what you eat and drink daily. This record will help you assess your diet. You’ll see if you need to eat more or less from certain food groups.
  • Think about asking for help from a dietitian. They can help you follow a special diet, especially if you have a health issue.

Almost everyone can benefit from cutting back on unhealthy fat. If you currently eat a lot of fat, commit to cutting back and changing your habits. Unhealthy fats include dark chicken meat; poultry skin; fatty cuts of pork, beef, and lamb; and high-fat dairy foods (whole milk, butter, cheeses). Ways to cut back on unhealthy fats include:

  • Rather than frying meat, bake, grill, or broil it. Take off the skin before cooking chicken or turkey. Try eating fish at least once a week.
  • Reduce any extra fat. This includes butter on bread, sour cream on baked potatoes, and salad dressings. Use low-fat or nonfat versions of these foods.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables with your meals and as snacks.
  • Read the nutrition labels on foods before you buy them. If you need help with the brands, ask your doctor or dietitian.
  • Be aware of hidden fats and larger portion sizes when you eat out.
  • Staying hydrated is essential for good health: drink zero- or low-calorie beverages, such as water or tea. Sweetened drinks add lots of sugar and calories to your diet. This includes fruit juice, soda, sports and energy drinks, sweetened or flavored milk, and sweetened iced tea.

Things to consider

Try to set realistic goals. Balanced nutrition and regular exercise are good for your health. These habits can help you lose or maintain weight. They could be making some small diet changes listed above or walking daily.

Doctors and dietitians suggest making healthy eating habits a part of daily life rather than following fad diets. Nutrition tips and diets from different sources can be misleading. Remember the advice below, and always check with your doctor first.

  • Secret diets aren’t the answer. Fad or short-term diets may promise to help you lose weight fast. However, they are hard to keep up with and could be unhealthy.
  • Good nutrition doesn’t come in a pill. Try eating a variety of foods instead. Your body benefits most from healthy whole foods. Only take vitamins that your doctor prescribes.
  • Diet programs or products can confuse you with their claims. Most people in these ads get paid for their endorsements. They don’t talk about side effects, problems, or regained weight.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • How many servings should I eat from each food group?
  • If I’m on a strict diet, such as vegetarian or vegan, how can I improve my health?
  • Are there certain eating habits I should follow for my health condition?

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Lindy Bishop
Hi, I'm Lindy Bishop, a passionate health expert and the founder of Healthy Living by Marion. With a deep-rooted love for wellness and a mission to empower individuals to live healthier lives, I am committed to sharing valuable insights and practical tips on my website. Having spent years immersing myself in health and wellness, I possess knowledge in various areas, including nutrition, fitness, and mental well-being. My expertise is backed by a solid educational background in nutrition and extensive experience in providing personalized guidance to clients seeking to achieve their health goals. I believe that everyone can lead healthier lives with the right knowledge and lifestyle changes, and I'm dedicated to helping people do just that. From healthy recipes to fitness tips to stress management advice, I'm here to give you the tools you need to become the healthiest version of yourself. Thank you for joining me on this journey!