Common Sense Nutrition: What to Keep in Mind

Introduction

We all know that good nutrition is important, but it can be hard to figure out exactly what to eat. We’re here to help clarify things!

Common sense tips for a healthy diet

Quality matters as much as quantity.

When it comes to good nutrition, quality is more important than quantity.

When we talk about food with a high nutritional value, we mean that the food contains lots of nutrients. For example, nuts are rich in healthy fats and fiber, which are good for your heart and digestive system. They also contain protein and have a high energy content—meaning you’ll feel full after eating them!

The problem with focusing on the amount of food you eat is that it can lead to overeating if you don’t pay attention to what kinds of foods you’re consuming. That leads us back to our first point: quality matters far more than quantity when it comes to your health.

Balance and moderation are the keys

The key to a healthy diet is balance and moderation. You can have treats, but you should make sure that your overall diet consists of mostly healthy food with good nutrition. For example, if you eat fried eggs and bacon every day for breakfast it would be unhealthy. If you replace the bacon with oats and berries, then your meal will be more balanced and healthier. We all know oats and berries have more nutrition than bacon!

The same goes for any food group: moderation is key! Don’t go crazy with any one type of food; instead, try to include different types of foods in your meals so that they are balanced and nutritious!

Think of food as fuel

When you eat, do so with the intention of fueling your body. When you are thinking about food as fuel, choose items that will provide the most nutritional value—things like vegetables and lean proteins. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a good source of nutrition and are easy to consume raw or cooked.

When we eat out of habit or because something smells good (or looks good), we often make poor choices in terms of nutrition. The key is to train yourself to think about what your body needs at this moment in time rather than what tastes best or smells best.

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Think Simple Meals

Not every meal has to be a work of art with a complex recipe. Don’t be afraid to eat simple foods, even if they’re not on your diet plan.

Don’t worry about how many times you eat the same thing in one day. The most important thing is to make sure it provides good nutrition.

It’s not enough to just avoid the bad stuff.

If you’re trying to improve your diet, it’s not enough to just avoid the bad stuff. You need to replace it with other foods that are full of nutrients. These nutrient-dense foods are ones that pack a lot of nutrients into a small amount of food (such as berries or nuts), or they’re high in calories but still packed with nutrition (think olive oil).

You can also add these types of ingredients to recipes in order to boost their nutritional value and make them healthier. For example, adding some spinach or kale will add some extra vitamins, while using olive oil instead of butter will add good fats like omega-3s and monounsaturated fatty acids.

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Mind Your supplement regimen

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been taking a few supplements on and off for years.  Maybe you started by taking a multivitamin to fill in some of the gaps in your diet. Then maybe you added fish oil because it’s good for your heart and joints, and then maybe some B vitamins after reading about them online somewhere. At some point, someone told you that iron is important too so now you’re also taking iron every day.

But do all those supplements really help? The answer is: probably not as much as we’d like to think they do. Make sure you need the supplements you’re taking. Make sure they provide the nutrition you need or lack, A lot of the time, we just assume that if a little bit of something is good for us then more must be better. That’s not always true, though. If you’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables or legumes (beans), for example, then taking supplements may be helpful. But if you are getting enough of those things in your diet, then supplements probably won’t be any more beneficial than eating them naturally would have been (and it may even be worse).

Eat protein at almost every meal or snack.

If you have ever tried to lose weight, then you know that protein is a critical part of the diet. Protein helps keep you full and satisfied for longer periods of time, which is why it’s important to include in your meals and snacks. Ideally, it should be incorporated into every meal or snack. However, if this seems impossible due to time constraints (or other reasons), then just try including some type of protein at almost every meal or snack throughout the day.

It’s important not only because it keeps us fuller longer but also because our bodies need certain amounts of different types of proteins to function properly.

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Adding extra fiber and water to your diet

Adding extra fiber and water to your diet can help with weight loss or maintenance and can improve gut health. Fiber helps you feel full, which is great for weight loss because it discourages overeating. Water is just as important as food to provide good nutrition for the body. Drinking lots of water helps you digest food better, which means more nutrients are absorbed by the body. The result is that you’ll be healthier overall!

Finally, move!

Good nutrition is important but just as important is exercise. One of the most important things you can do for your health is to move. Whether you’re at home or out of it, taking regular exercise will make a huge difference to your overall health and wellbeing. You don’t need to train for a marathon or compete in a triathlon; just walking more often can be an easy way to get started.

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Conclusion

I hope that you’re now more confident in your ability to make smart choices when it comes to nutrition. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out on this journey or have been at it for years—the most important thing is that you keep learning and growing because there will always be new things to discover about how food affects our bodies and minds.

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