How to Achieve a Balanced Diet
Since March is National Nutrition Month, it is the perfect time to check-in on our New Year resolution progress and evaluate our healthy eating habits. Registered dietitian, Susan Bowerman, offers seven must-haves for a well-balanced diet to promote a lifetime of wellness:
- Protein– Your body is constantly assembling, breaking down and using protein, so it’s important to try to get up to 30% of your calorie intake throughout the day from lean plant or animal protein to replace what you’ve used and to maintain muscle tissue.
- Carbohydrates—Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for the body. You should get about 40% of your daily calories from whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits—not the sugary, starchy carbs you find in baked goods, soda, and candy.
- Fat– The typical American diet supplies more total fat and saturated fat than we need, and not enough healthy fats, such as fats from fish, nuts, olive oil and avocados. Try to limit your fats to 30% or less of your daily calorie intake.
- Vitamins and Minerals– A well-balanced diet helps to supply the vitamins and minerals your body needs. A daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement can help ensure that you get enough of these important nutrients.
- Phytonutrients—Plant foods produce a wide range of natural compounds called phytonutrients, which have a number of benefits such as supporting immunity and helping to repair DNA damage. To get the health-promoting benefits of phytonutrients, make sure you keep your plate full of colorful veggies.
- Fiber—Eating at least 25 grams of fiber from foods such as whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans will provide you the optimal fiber intake to support a healthy digestive system.
- Water—While we all know how important it is to drink water to stay hydrated, but water also helps regulate body temperature, lubricates joints, and is vital for nutrient absorption. Try to drink eight 8-oz glasses a day, and if you need a little flavor, iced tea or coffee also work toward your daily fluid needs.
For more tips from Susan, visit www.IAMHerbalife.com.