1 Diet Doesn’t Fit All

Although every member of the human race requires pretty much the same basic set of nutrients, no two people really eat the exact same foods every day. There are just too many factors influencing what we choose to eat. So instead of trying to mimic someone else’s plate, individualize your meal plan so you can get the nutrients you need to maintain your best health and well-being. Although it sounds complicated, creating such a plan can be simpler than you think.

First, consider the factors that influence what you buy at the market and what you put in your mouth at each meal: 

These factors influence people in different ways. As such, all of our meal plans should be individualized so we can take in essential nutrients from each food group, including lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and healthy fat. 

But how?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a long list of recommendations that is updated every five years. These guidelines are a guide to help you maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. However, translating these guidelines into what you should have on your plate is not that easy. That’s where “MyPlate” comes in. It’s a simple picture that shows how your plate should look – no matter which foods you choose to eat. One-quarter of your plate should be lean protein, one-quarter should be filled with whole grains and the remaining half should include fruits and vegetables. Luckily, there are a wide variety of foods that fit into each area of your plate. As such, no matter what type of foods you like, or must avoid, you can achieve a healthy diet.

Still need guidance? No problem! Log onto ChooseMyPlate.gov, a free website that has many tools to help you eat a well-balanced diet. If you still need more assistance, a registered dietitian nutritionist can help. He or she will look at your medical history, likes and dislikes, lifestyle and other factors to help you develop an individualized meal plan that’s right for you. To find a dietitian in your area, go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website.

via USNews


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