MAY 9, 2012 BY PHARA JOURDAN TAYLOR, MS RD LDN
Diet advice is everywhere—on the Internet, in our favorite magazines, and passed on by word of mouth. Sometimes it is just overwhelming. To make it easier, here are five guidelines that are foolproof to help you get a running start on a healthful eating lifestyle.
If you can not pronounce the ingredients, pass it up
Many people diligently look at the front of the package or the nutrition label before purchasing any food, but fail to look at the ingredient list. Many of the foods that look healthful at first glance contain ingredients that you can not even pronounce—a sure sign that the item is not nearly as good for us as the manufacturer would like us to believe.
Apple pie is not a fruit
It is easy to play games with yourself when you are trying to watch the way that you eat. Sure, some broccoli possibly is buried under that cheese sauce or that drink may contain some fruit juice, but if you are honest with yourself, you know better. How your food is prepared is often as important as what type of food it is.
Eating all your pasta is not going to save any starving children
Membership in the “clean plate club” does not offer any benefits. Stop eating when you are full. Have your leftovers boxed up, or put them away for tomorrow’s lunch. Listen to your body.
A moderate diet is a healthy diet Plato wrote this in The Republic in 360 BC: “A moderate diet is a healthful diet.” He continued, “And with such a diet they may be expected to live in peace and health to a good old age, and bequeath a similar life to their children after them.” This is sound advice today. Eat what you like from every food group, and do not overdo any one food or food group, or completely neglect another.
Choose whole foods Select whole fresh foods, not fresh fruit that is squished into a “100% real fruit” fruit snack or a vegetable that is dehydrated, salted, and baked into a cracker. No, we are talking about the kind of whole foods that grow out of the ground and on trees. If you choose these foods more often and their processed counterparts less often, you already have won half the battle.
Review Date 11/09G-1148 Courtesy of Nutrition411.com where healthcare professionals go for information.
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