Nutrition Do’s For National Nutrition Month

Collage of parents with their children preparing pastryEveryday there is another news story on the good, bad and the ugly of the American diet. It is nearly impossible to keep up with all of the news and changing opinions. We have decided to round up the basics principals that the experts agree on. Of course certain medical condition may require that you cater your diet differently from these opinions, so as always, it is critical that you consult your health care provider before beginning any new diet or dietary plan.

 

 

For now we are going to focus on the DO’s!

DO: Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are Mother Nature’s GNC! Both provide vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants and are important to our health! It is not possible to replace all of the benefits of real food with supplements while supplements can be a great way to “supplement” our diets and help us get more of specific nutrients they can never replace the entire package provided with the real thing.

DO: Stay hydrated!

Our bodies are composed of about 60% water so drinking water helps us to maintain the balance of bodily fluids. Functions of these bodily fluids includes maintaining body temperature, digestion, saliva creation, transporting nutrients and more. Keeping hydrated aids in keeping us energized, can aid in calorie reduction by helping us feel full and keeps our skin looking great too!

DO: Make healthy eating a lifestyle, not the diet of the month

We all know that to be truly healthy and successful with any weight loss goals we need to adopt lifestyle changes and not the latest fad diet. Studies have shown that 95% of diets fail, and most within the first seven days. With statistics like that it makes sense to devote your life to eating well rather than wasting time on a diet that is destined to fail. A study done in the UK in 2007 found that the average woman of 62 spent 31 years dieting, yes 6 months of every year! So put the magazine diet down and focus on a healthy meal plan instead!

DO: Make sure you eat foods rich in Omega-3 fats

Studies show most of us don’t get enough of this critical nutrient in our diets. Being deficient in Omega-3 is linked to depression, heart disease, mental disorders, lower IQ and other serious conditions. The best sources for Omega-3 are found in fish, fish oil, grass fed meat and Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs.

Of course there is NO one diet for everyone, these are generally approved nutritionally sound practices. We did not have time to cover all of the DO’s and did not cover any of the DO NOT’s, hopefully we have gotten you thinking about sound dietary practices. Arbor View Family Medicine is proud to have a nutritionist on our team, maybe the time is right for you to schedule an appointment to develop the perfect plan to set you on the path to optimum health today!