What you eat has a great impact on your overall health. For better or for worse, your body responds to everything you put into it. Many chronic conditions are linked to the types of foods we eat. Diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol and blood pressure are directly associated with our diets.
It is important to include nutrient-rich food in our daily meals. The nutrients in the foods you eat support the activities of day-to-day living, protect your cells from environmental damage, and repair any cellular damage that might occur.
- Include a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits; vegetables; whole grains; low-fat dairy products and lean protein, including beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds; and healthy fats.
- Become familiar with guidelines for how much food to choose from each food group category.
- Consider your own health conditions that require specific dietary restrictions i.e., diabetes and high blood pressure. Work with your doctor to customize your dietary choices to best improve your health.
- Include foods you can find at your local grocery store—rather than specialty or gourmet store items. Simple, and accessible ingredients make it easy to make healthy meals.
- Eat foods that fit your tastes, lifestyle, and budget. Eating well can be accomplished on any budget.