It is easier to build your personal food pyramid than you think. A few small healthy choices made each day, can have a huge impact on your life. Whether is it eating better, getting more sleep or exercising more often, living a healthier lifestyle is within reach.
I am sure you have heard about the changes the USDA made to the food pyramid a few years ago. And actually, now it’s not a pyramid. It’s a plate! A visual guide to help us balance our meals. More fruits and veggies, less carbohydrates (especially those made with processed grains). An increase in whole grains and nice amount of protein, plant and animal based proteins.
The plate is an excellent start, but we are all different. Everyone has different dietary requirements. A person battling heart disease may not need to eat the same way as someone with cancer. A preschooler will need different nutrients than a high-schooler. We all need a plan to build a personal food pyramid, or plate, to make sure we get all the nutrients we need.
Easy Guideline For Building Your Personal Food Pyramid (Plate!)
A good personal food pyramid is the best way to help you maintain a balanced healthy diet. Keep in mind, you may also need to do daily exercises and undertake proper weight control measures. (Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what is the best plan for you.)
Whole Grains Foods: Whole grain foods are healthy foods. Experts have revealed that a person must consume around six servings of whole grain foods per day. Whole grains are considered to be the best source of carbohydrates for our body.
Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables contain the greatest amount of nutrients per calorie of any food. Every person needs to consume different types of fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy. Eating plenty of them prevents dreadful diseases like cancer, heart diseases, blood pressure, intestinal ailments and so on.
Dietary Fiber: Fiber helps to reduce the risk of certain type of cancer diseases and also lowers the level of cholesterol. Fiber controls the amount of calorie intake and also helps to reduce the weight of a person.
Eggs and Fish: Eggs and fish contain large amounts of proteins, Vitamin B, lecithin and omega 3-fatty acids. Regular consumption of egg improves the health of a person. Eggs are said to be high in cholesterol but low in fats. Fish helps to reduce the risk of heart diseases in a person. Look for pasture raised eggs and salmon, or other ‘oily’ fish, for lots of healthy omega 3’s.
Berries: They have lots of fiber and vitamins C. Their flavonoids play an important role in strengthening blood vessels and acts as strong antioxidants.
Nuts and Legumes: Nuts and Legumes contain large amounts of proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Your Own Personal Food Pyramid Healthy Choices
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!