Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. —Viktor Frankl
The topic of nutrition isn't an easy one to learn, and it can be difficult to teach. The main problem is that there are so many gray areas. There isn't a single diet that will work for everyone. We all have an opinion about it, some stronger than others, Then there are people who will express their opinions whether or not we want to hear them. But when it comes to each of our own uniqueness, we are the experts of ourselves.. If you're online looking for ways to improve health, or to lose weight you're not alone. But where are the trusted sources?
As a registered dietitian I want this section of this website to be a place where you can come to get basic information about eating healthier and where to start. I'm not providing a quick fix, selling anything, or trying to persuade public opinion. Most certainly, I may not tell you something that you want to hear. This is a work in progress, so there is more to come.
The key to being healthy in any aspect of your life is "balance," especially when it comes to nutrition. Balance means you learn what foods have nutrients you want more of and the foods that have nutrients that you want less of. There's no elimination, no restrictions --- there are NO bad foods. If you begin to look at your meal plan as a balanced one, you will find that over time you can begin to maintain a healthy weight on a more consistent basis.
A good place to start is to learn what the Nutrition Facts label is telling you about the food you are consuming. If you don't know what your eating, you can't be sure that any nutrition goals that you are trying to attain are actually working. Since the label is on the back or the side of any package, most people don't pay any mind to it. In reality, the front of any food package is only good for attracting your attention and telling you what the food is and how much it weighs. But the words, "natural, or "non GMO" or "gluten-free," don't mean anything when it comes to nutrition. The front of the package isn't always clear about added salt or sugar, either. If you want the whole story, read the label. This is were you'll truly know what you're getting. Here's a link to an interactive website that will teach you the basics of what you need to know.
The Nutrition Facts Label https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/#intro
If you want to bring balance to your meal plan, it's best to understand the main components of a meal that will provide the most bang for your buck, nutritionally. This is a good place to start if you don't know how to get more variety of foods in your diet to ensure that you are getting the energy, vitamins and minerals you need. How you do this is by reading about the dietary guidelines provided below. It's free to access. This information is re-assessed every 5 years to ensure that the public has the latest diet guidelines based on the most current, up-to-date research.
The dietary guidelines are meant for individuals who are generally healthy. For chronic conditions, allergies, or food sensitivities, please consult your doctor and visit a dietitian in your area.
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