Summer is the perfect time to fine tune your diet

It’s July, and the year 2016 is half over! If in January you promised yourself that you’d eat healthier, it’s not too late! In fact, summer is a great time to fine tune and upgrade your diet. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a good roadmap. Here’s how you can get started. Establish a healthy eating pattern Rather than focus on nutrients, percentages, or grams, let’s eat real, whole food. Vegetables are the go-to food. Most are low in calories, high in fiber, and full of nutrients Fruit, especially whole fruits, are also key players in eating healthfully. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are a great way to feed that sweet urge at the end of a meal Go grains, specifically whole grains since they can pack a punch of fiber along with B vitamins and other key nutrients Nuts and seeds are a great way to include healthy fats in your plan. Adding these great tasting nuggets to salads, hot cereals, sauces, and yogurt can take them to the next level of inspired. Plan meals wisely Consider these simple steps to help you put together healthy and satisfying meals, particularly breakfasts and lunches. Lean protein. There is plenty to choose from including heart-healthy omega-3 rich seafood, poultry, and eggs! Don’t forget plant-based proteins (legumes, beans, and nuts). This trio is very popular in healthful cuisines around the world along with vegetarian and vegan meal plans. Low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, and cheese helps to round out t...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Diet and Weight Loss Health Healthy Eating Source Type: news