One of the keys to a good life is healthy nutrition. You can improve your health by maintaining a diet. You should eat foods that have minerals and vitamins. This includes dairy products, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and a source of protein.
Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, consult your doctor about your health. For better nutrition, you may have to improve your eating habits:
- Do you have a health problem or a risk factor, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol?
- Has your doctor told you that you can improve your condition with good nutrition?
- Are you living with diabetes, cancer, heart disease or osteoporosis in your family?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have questions about what foods you should be eating or if you should be taking vitamins?
- Do you eat a lot of processed foods and fast food?
- Do you think it would be beneficial to consult a dietitian or someone specializing in nutrition counseling?
Path to improved health
It can be tough to change your eating habits. It helps to focus on small changes. Changing your diet can also be beneficial if you have ailments that can be made worse by the things you eat or drink. Symptoms of diseases like kidney disease, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease can all benefit from diet changes. Below are some suggestions for improving your health. Make sure you keep in touch with your doctor so they know how you are doing.
- Find the goods and bad of your current diet. Do you eat 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables each day? Are you getting enough calcium? Do you eat whole grain, high fiber foods? If so, you are on the right track! Keep it up. Otherwise, add more of these foods to your daily diet.
- Keep record of your food intake by writing down what you eat and drink each day. This file will help you assess your diet. You will see if you should eat more or less of certain food groups.
- Consider seeking help from a dietitian. He or she can help you follow a special diet, especially if you have a health problem.
Almost everyone can benefit from reducing unhealthy fats. If you are currently eating a lot of fat, make a commitment to cut back and change your habits. Unhealthy fats include things such as: dark chicken meat; poultry skin; fatty cuts of pork, beef and lamb; and dairy products rich in fat (whole milk, butter, cheese). Ways to reduce unhealthy fats include:
- Bake, broil or broil meat instead of frying it. Before cooking the chicken or turkey, remove their skin. Eat fish at least once a week.
- Reduce excess fat. This includes butter on bread, salad dressings, and sour cream on baked potatoes. Use low-fat or fat-free versions of these foods.
- Eat good amount of fruits and vegetables with your meals and as snacks.
- Before buying, read nutrition labels on foods. If you need help with labels, ask your dietitian or doctor.
- When dining out, watch out for hidden fats and larger portions.
- Staying hydrated is important for good health. Drink zero or low calorie drinks, such as tea or water. Sugary drinks add a lot of sugar and calories to your diet. This includes fruit juices, sodas, sports and energy drinks, sweetened or flavored milk, and sweetened iced tea.
Things to consider
A balanced diet and regular physical activity are good for your health. These habits can help you in weight loss or maintenance. Try to set realistic goals for yourself. They could make some of the small diet changes listed above or walk daily.
Doctors and dietitians suggest incorporating healthy eating habits into everyday life rather than following fad diets. Nutrition advice and diets from different sources can be misleading. Keep the tips below in mind and always consult your doctor first.
- Fad diets are not the solution. Fad or short-term diets can promise to help you lose weight quickly. However, they are difficult to follow and could be unhealthy.
- Good nutrition isn’t just about a pill. Instead, try to eat a variety of foods. Your body benefits the most from good whole foods. Only take vitamins prescribed by your doctor.
- Diet programs or products may worry you with their claims. Most of the users of these ads get paid for their recommendations. They are not talking about side effects, problems or weight gain.
Questions to ask your doctor
- From each food group, how many servings should I eat?
- If I follow a strict diet, such as vegetarian or vegan, how can I improve my health?
- Are there certain eating habits that I should follow for my condition?