Back to the Basics in Nutrition
Everyone knows that they should eat healthy. Most people have a pretty good idea of what a healthy diet looks like. Every now and then, it’s good to re-evaluate your diet and hit the refresh button, and see what’s going well or what could be… alittle bit better.
Read on for a quick overview and re-evaluate as needed so you stay on track to meet your healthy lifestyle goals and feel your best!
Macronutrients are your proteins, carbohydrates and fats; three necessary life-sustaining nutrients that your body requires to function at it’s best. Your lifestyle and preferences will determine how much of each you should consume, but they will make up the largest amount of nutrients you eat daily.
Micronutrients are another group of nutrients that are essential for proper body function and disease prevention. Micronutrients consist of vitamins and minerals, and almost 30 of them are considered essential, meaning you must consume them in your diet since your body cannot make them (with the exception of vitamin D). Unlike macronutrients, where you need large amounts to meet nutritional requirements, a small but steady amount of micronutrients are required to maintain health. Micronutrients include fat and water soluble vitamins, trace minerals and macrominerals. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, and a balanced diet will help in meeting the daily requirements of micronutrients. Aim to eat fruits and vegetables of all the colors of the rainbow to get the most variety and try to fill half your dinner plate with them.
Whether your diet is on par with your goals or far from it, you absolutely can change it today. A healthy, nutritionally balanced diet will help your body function properly, increase immunity, provide stable energy levels, and prevent disease. As the old saying goes, “One must eat to live, not live to eat”. -Jean Baptiste Poquelin. Will your next meal or snack reflect that?