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4 ways to keep nutrition simple

Posted: Aug 12, 2013

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4 ways to keep nutrition simple

There’s a lot of information out there on nutrition. From advice on what and what not to eat to foods that cause and cure disease, it’s not surprising that so many of us are confused when it comes to what we should be putting in our mouths. Well, I’m going to try and simplify things as much possible by boiling it down to four rules for healthy eating. 

  1. Eat real food. This means minimally processed choices like whole grains, fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, fresh lean meats, and dairy.
  2. Avoid partially-hydrogenated oils. These indicate the presence of artificial trans-fats that are not safe to consume in any amount. Consuming them significantly increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. They should be banned from our food supply.
  3. Limit overly-processed foods. Most foods are processed to some extent (slices of whole grain bread do not grown in fields) but foods that are highly processed (e.g. bleached white flour, anything “instant” such as instant oatmeal, rice, or soup, sugar and salt-laden snack foods, cured deli meats) should be kept to a minimum.
  4. Thoughtfully indulge. Food is more than just fuel. It is used to celebrate many of life’s milestones, Holidays and celebrations. So eat cake on your birthday and have turkey, gravy and buttery mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving!

I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not exactly boiled down”. You’re right, but explaining the points is important so with that done, here’s the boiled down version: 

  1. Eat food as close to how it exists in nature as possible.
  2. Avoid artificial trans fats.
  3. Limit overly-processed foods.
  4. Eat healthy foods the majority of the time but be sure to indulge when worthwhile.

Mark McGill, RD