Good nutrition can mean different things for different people of different ages and healthiness. It is important to choose a nutrition guide that best suits your individual situation. Below are some tips about nutrition and advice that should be carefully considered by individuals with unique health situations. This is so that they can prevent consuming something that is not safe for their particular health situation.
Remember that portions are extremely important. To make sure you are eating the correct portion sizes, fill up your plate with the healthiest foods first and then the least healthy. It also helps to eat the foods on your plate in the same order.
Oprah Winfrey used the phrase “clean eating” in her book Oprah’s Kitchen. It’s helpful to think of clean eating as a good way to approach food. Simple preparations, lighter salad dressings, using less oils and fats (though still a bit for flavor!), and keeping things as fresh as possible – all these ideas contribute to her way of clean eating. Oprah loved her fried chicken – and presents a clean way of cooking it in her book. The bottom line is, if you have a choice between fancy and heavy vs. simple and fresh, go with the latter and your scale will thank you, no matter what food you’re eating.
If you care about someone who needs to improve their nutrition, you have a challenging road ahead, but you can make progress and you should try. If you live with someone who is overweight or otherwise unhealthy, you can approach the subject in a loving way. You can introduce small changes, like substituting Splenda for the sugar, in the sugar bowl. You can gradually work down from whole to 1% milk and you can switch from white to whole wheat bread. Even if these changes don’t change your loved one’s weight, that person will be getting more solid nutrition and will be in better health.
Eat a variety of protein throughout the week. Lean meats, de-skinned poultry and fish are a few. Eggs make a great source of protein. Studies have found that eating one egg daily will not harm your health. Have a meatless day at least once a week. Instead, choose non-animal sources, like nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, peas and peanut butter.
Be sure that your diet includes adequate levels of vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for healthy eyes and helps in the prevention of cataracts. It strengthens the mucous membranes that protect your soft tissues, which serve as a barrier against infection. Vitamin A is also important in the health of your bones and teeth.
Buy frozen vegetables to use in your meals. While fresh vegetables are great they can spoil quickly and some have very short growing seasons. Frozen vegetables are processed immediately after picking and freezing them keeps their nutritive value intact. Since frozen vegetables are already washed and cut you can easily add them to recipes.
Try to include fish in your meals at least two times a week. Fish is low in fat, and it is a great source of high quality protein. It is well-known as a “brain food” because of its high omega-3 content. Fish is also rich in calcium and other minerals.
The above tips are a reminder for individuals to consider their own particular health condition and needs before adhering to any generalized nutrition advice. These common sense considerations will help individuals to choose a nutrition plan that is best suited to their health needs. With the wide variety of nutrition advice available today, these considerations will help individuals best maintain their own health through nutrition.