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How do You Make Sense of All the Conflicting Diet Information?

Have you ever felt like you can't keep up with the latest nutrition news because it's always changing? While it's true that what is known about nutrition and diet is a process of evolution, there is some basic nutrition knowledge you can keep in mind. By knowing these nutrition basics, you'll be better equipped to sort through the latest research, suggestions and marketing gimmicks.
Understanding nutrition basics comes down to understanding the food groups and becoming more aware of calories and the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet. Want to go beyond the nutrition basics? Free health coaches are available for personalized dietary advice that takes into account your current health status, lifestyle, food likes and dislikes. To request the help of a health coach simply click the link at the bottom of the page.
So where to start? As you consider the myriad of healthy diets in magazines and cookbooks, make sure to look for one that:
Includes a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats
Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group
Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store
Fits your tastes, lifestyle and is reasonable to follow long term.
It is also important to consider your health risks. Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? If so, be sure to follow a diet that's low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. For personalized advice it is important to seek the advice of a health professional specializing in nutrition.
Good food is one of life's great pleasures. And for most, food is at the heart of family gatherings and celebrations. Would you like to make delicious and healthy meals that help protect your family from disease and other health problems?
Of course you would. So move away from calorie-laden, fatty and salty convenience items. Experiment with quick and healthy cooking techniques, such as baking, grilling and sautéing. Learn how to shop for healthier foods, important food safety tips, recipe makeovers and more. And then be confident that your new healthy cooking skills are helping to create healthy habits for your family.
If you're like most, you're looking for ways to make meals healthier yet still enticing. Get your juices flowing to plan healthy menus by browsing healthy recipes online and in cookbooks.
To prepare your healthy menus, you'll need to have healthy ingredients on hand. Your shopping strategies should focus on fresh and unprocessed foods. That means spending more time in the produce section, and the perimeter of the store where whole foods are found. Keep an eye out too for whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Other critical shopping strategies — Never go to the store hungry, avoid the snack food and candy aisles, and always go with a list. If available, be sure to check out the farmers market during the growing season to see what local produce is available.
Many wonder if they are getting all their vitamins, minerals, and fiber in the foods they eat. Nutritional supplements are meant to complement a healthy diet, not replace it. If you're generally healthy and eat a wide variety of foods, you probably don't need nutritional supplements. In certain cases, however, fortified foods and dietary supplements may be useful. Learn to listen to your body. If you are suffering from unexplained symptoms, seek nutritional advice. In most cases, proper diet can alleviate the symptoms we are experiencing.
Remember, you can ALWAYS be healthier! If you want to be healthier, help is available and recommended. Ask for help. I has been said, “nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels”. Start today and create the healthy happy new you.