Nutrition: what is the right thing to do and how can it be done?

The right thing to do:
There is no argument about what the human body needs to be healthy. The USDA has recommended dietary guidelines for men and women of all ages. Doctors and scientists all agree on the basic macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients that are required to maintain health. The macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) are the fuels needed to keep the body moving. The micronutrients such as vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, K along with minerals calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc., and all those antioxidants in phytonutrients are not debated about their importance to maintain healthy function. Problems arise when the balance of nutrients are altered by improper food choices. Sooner or later disease and illness are to follow. This is when fixes are sought out and cures chased after. Studies targeted at one component of nutrition often lead to dietary trends and fads or miracle supplements are created as treatment. By eating foods as close to natural as possible with minimal processing and eating a mostly plant-based diet the human body will acquire all the basic nutrition it needs to maintain health.

How it can be done:
Lifestyle change. Doh! Right in the gut with that response! Nobody wants to hear that and nobody wants to do it, but that is exactly what it takes to feel good and be healthy. It doesn’t have to be all at once. It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Baby steps toward permanent change can be easy. A very simple first step is to incorporate ½ cup of beans a day and remove one serving of an unhealthy choice (like soda or chips). Once that change has been made and accepted add one serving of berries a day and remove another serving of an unhealthy item. Keep the forward momentum, one food item at a time, and keep building until the nutritional minimum requirement for health is met. Baby steps. Success breeds success. Before you know it you will be eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle, warding off PREVENTABLE diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, while reversing obesity. Though every human body needs the same nutrients every person has different needs, wants, likes and dislikes. The change one person makes may differ drastically from another. Everyone has a unique starting point but the end goal is the same – health. If you would like help with an individualized plan, some guidance, or just friendly support we are here to assist.

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