A balanced and nutritious diet is essential for your overall health and well-being.
Approximately half of American adults have a chronic ailment which could be prevented or reversed through lifestyle changes. These diseases include (but are not limited to): diabetes, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, etc. Additionally, nearly 70% of adults and 30% of children are overweight or obese. Implementing a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.
Consistently choosing healthy options for meals and snacks is the foundation for developing a healthy eating pattern.
Each and every day you are faced with dozens of opportunities to make a nutritious choice, but of course, there are outside factors which may influence your decision. These factors include money, time, personal tastes, etc. So, the real key to developing a healthy eating pattern is to identify a routine that works for you and to stick with it!
When developing your healthy-eating routine, it’s important to consider the following nutritional guidelines published by the CDC:
- Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products
- Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products
- Limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat in your diet
- Drink lots of water
Being aware of what you are consuming daily is the first step to making a positive change. Utilizing free tools and resources can assist you in your journey to health. We recommend the MyFitnessPal App to log your meals, set weight-loss goals, and track your caloric and macro-nutrient intake. This App allows you to scan barcodes on labeled food items or manually enter food items in order to log your meals.
At Sensenbrenner Primary Care, we care about your long-term wellness and helping you accomplish your health goals. If you have more questions, please reach out to us and/or check out the following resources: