A nutritious diet is necessary for our bodies to stay healthy. A basic healthy daily intake of calories is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men. How we consume those calories everyday makes a big difference in our overall health. It is recommended that we eat 5 small meals each day to keep our metabolism burning excess calories, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Forget the fad diets and get back to basics. Eat healthy balanced meals. The USDA has replaced the health pyramid with My Plate. Half of your plate should be full of fruits and vegetables, a quarter of your plate should be protein and the other quarter, grains.
Don’t forget your dairy too! Make portions smaller, use whole grains, and save the sugary drinks and desserts for a special occasion.
Start out with subtle changes and see what a difference there is in the way you feel. Cruciferous vegetables, fresh fruit, healthy grains, legumes and lean protein are all keys to better health. Try steaming and grilling your meals to reduce fat intake. Lowering the amounts of sodium in your diet can help reduce blood pressure. So let’s get going!