Commonsense Rules for Healthy Eating
1. More Is better
Abundance, not restriction, is the basis of a healthy diet. Of all the reasons we eat, none is more essential than to provide our bodies with the nutrients we need to thrive. Honor this intention by focusing on foods with the highest nutrient density. Good health hinges on the quality of our food choices, not the individual metrics.
2. The Power of Plants
One day pasta is good for you, the next it’s bad. In a field where the pendulum swings at a dizzying pace, there’s one thing nutrition experts will always agree on: Optimal health is achieved through a diet that prioritizes the powerful nutrients in plants.
Just as in a smart financial portfolio, the key to a sound investment in your health is to spread the wealth around. Yes, there are superfoods, but there is no one perfect food. When a variety of colors and food groups unite on one plate, there’s a synergistic effect that no single food can ever offer on its own.
4. Cook at Home
The increasing reliance on food prepared outside of the home provides the allure of convenience at the cost of our personal health. Become acquainted with your kitchen, regain control over the ingredients in your food, and claim full authorization of what deserves a place on your plate.
5. Eat here now
Take the time to be present and savor your food. You’ll enhance your appreciation of eating, allowing you to enjoy meals more, and cultivate a stronger awareness and greater appreciation of the food you eat and how it got to your plate.
6. Do You
There never was and never will be a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating. Nutrition is highly personal and varies according to age, gender, genetics, activity level, biochemistry, ancestry, geography—the list goes on. Opt out of rigid diets, resist the temptation for comparison, and rebel against conformity. Listen to your body and embrace the opportunity to find what brings out the best in you. Your diet should be as unique as you are.
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