We post a lot of pictures on our Facebook page that say more or less the same thing; skip the ‘diet’ and just eat right. But sometimes it can be hard to know what that means. With all of the marketing for fad diets out there passing itself off as real nutritional advice, how can a normal person find their way through the proverbial nutrition jungle? Once you start digging, it’s easier than it seems. Here are 5 tips to get you started eating right.
1. We Are All Different
The first thing to keep in mind is the no two people are the same, so it follows that no two people’s dietary needs will be the same. The differences that alter food needs from one body to the next can be lifestyle, metabolic, or even genetic. With that being said, a good place to start is with websites like MyPlate.gov, that give a broad concept of what eating right looks like. They have tips that are simple to follow on a day-to-day basis, like making sure your plate is half vegetables. From this starting point, you can begin customizing your diet to what works for you.
2. Change It Up
They say that variety is the spice of life, and this holds true in the nutrition world. There is no single food that you can eat all the time that will give you exactly what you need, but by eating a variety of healthy foods from different sources, you can get all of the nutrients you need without the monotony of a lot of fad diets. Try making sure that you meals are colorful. Different colors in fruits and vegetables mean that they contain different nutrients.
3. There Are No Shortcuts
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. One of the main selling points of any fad diet is that it will somehow produce results that sound way too good to be true. Intuitively, we know that this can’t be, but sometimes we try it anyway, ‘just to see.’ The truth is that there is no shortcut to healthy living. It’s about making daily healthy choices and forming healthy habits.
4. Make Your Own Food
Eating at home is another simple way to get you nutrition on track. When you eat out, you are no longer in control of what is going into your food. In many cases, if you actually knew all of the ingredients that went into a dish at a restaurant, you probably wouldn’t order it. Just limiting the number of times you eat out instead of making food for yourself will go a long way to a healthier diet. Taking you lunch to work or school is a good place to start.
5. Keep It Simple
Finally, make sure that you are eating simple, unprocessed foods. The fewer ingredients there are in a product, the better. If you don’t recognize an ingredient, you might want to think twice about putting it in your body.
This is just a starting point for a healthy diet. There are countless ways to improve your personal diet through nutrition. The most important thing is to keep it simple and form healthy habits. Over time, your healthy diet will become second nature.