Why is nutrition such an engaging subject?
Nutrition. Why is nutrition such an engaging subject? Obviously, health concerns prompt interest in proper nutrition. Aesthetic concerns (weight loss) and epicurean delight are probably a good choice for second place impetus. I have usually been in what I would term a “normal” weight range. However, at one point in my life, I realized I was somewhat heavier than my healthy range. I actually joined a weight loss group. I am not writing about this group’s method. The take home is it worked and, importantly, it educated me about the importance of sage food choices (no pun intended).
What works for you should naturally include good food choices from the essential food groups. People, including those in government, tinker with precise amounts and periodically produce new charts. By all means, consult same, BUT and this is a big BUT-use your own idiosyncratic discretion. Meaning?
What things should you consider when improving your diet?
For your diet and health, taste matters
Your taste buds have a role to play. If you don’t love – or at least, like a food choice, you’ll naturally shy away from it. The trick is to pick a food that for some pragmatic, nutritional reason (eg. Fulfills requirements from one of the recommended items of the food groups) keeps you on the right track. Include foods that are very pleasing to your palette!
Snacks can be helpful when used sparingly
Another good tool is always having a pleasing, but nutritious snack with you at all times. Personally, I favor nutritious granola bars (read low sugar, high protein). I usually carry a low fat and low sugar yogurt and / or stick cheese, but be mindful not to have it out too long from refrigeration. Low sugar crackers can also tide you over and for a treat, a swipe in peanut butter may reflect judicious planning and preparation. (It could also, likely keep you away from those scary readily available fast snacks). Finally, an assortment of nuts with maybe just a sprinkling of raisins or other dried fruit are also easily transportable. These snacks can take the edge of your hunger till a full meal is available. Some find celery and raw carrots crunchy and somewhat filling. Personally, I prefer the nuts and raisins.
Is it okay to indulge while improving your diet?
By the way, if you have weak defense against an unhealthy treat, you should judge whether you NEVER indulge in it. Or if you feel you can, enjoy it, occasionally, and so, so slowly eat it- in order to SAVOR it. This is an individual choice. Personally, I generally prefer the latter, but again, it is probably a personal decision.
Go at your own pace, it takes time to make changes in your diet
Having said this, unless for G-d forbid dire circumstances (requiring emergency changes) I think slowly moving to your new regimen (nutrition plan?) may be advisable. Formulating a plan with some minimum details, while delineating choices and amounts is great preparation.
Keep yourself open to new possibilities
Finally, always be on the lookout for new ideas to make essential nutritious foods more palatable. It keeps things interesting and strengthens your ability to “eat healthy” read: While still enjoying your good choices.
Nutrition such an engaging subject and a subject we can all use help with.
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