What Dietitians Want You to Know
By Sara Butler
Dietitians are experts in nutrition and health. They go to college to earn degrees in the field, then must do an internship before becoming a registered dietitian. But in the world of nutrition, the learning never really ends. Here are a few things that dietitians have learned after years of practicing in the field that they wish everyone knew about food and health.
Healthy Food Has Limits
You may be under the impression that if a food is good for you, you simply can't get too much of it. Well, there is such a thing as too much of something good! But time and again, studies show that people who believe a food is healthy tend to eat more of that food, creating problems when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The problem isn't so much what they're eating, it's how much they're eating. Today's portions are huge, so it's easy to overeat without ever realizing that you're doing it. Even healthy foods can contribute to your battle of the bulge if you eat too many calories in a day. So, pay more attention to how much you're eating, even if the food is considered healthy.
It's Not About Perfection
If you're seeking out perfection when it comes to healthy eating, then you're on the wrong road. Eating healthy and learning about what foods work best for your body is a lifelong journey. You'll never be perfect, and you'll never stop learning. The emphasis should be on progress, not perfection.
Eat Low on the Food Chain
Humans are pretty much at the top of the food chain, which means everything below is fair game. But if you want to be healthy, then think of going low on the food chain. This essentially means eating more plants!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 90 percent of Americans don't get enough fruits and vegetables. By making plant-based foods the center of your eating universe, you're almost guaranteed to get the necessary amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet to be healthy.
Eating is something you have to do your whole life, so put the time and effort into finding out what you should eat and how much of it. Cut out processed foods and added sugars and you'll be on the road to better health in no time!
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