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Healthy Diet Plans

Healthy Diet Guidelines

A healthy diet varies depending on the individual, and your health status, body composition, environment, metabolism, allergies, and physical activity level all play a role in determining what’s healthy for you. The right way to eat healthy will be unique to you, but most experts agree that a balanced diet is an optimal choice for the majority of people.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides guidelines for all Americans to form healthy diet plans and encourage better eating habits. It emphasizes the importance of making healthy food and drink choices across the span of your entire life to promote overall health, prevent disease, and sustain a healthy weight. Choose nutrient-dense foods from all food groups, and consider your personal and cultural preferences to implement adjustments into your diet easily. Aim for balanced portion sizes, minimize the amount of sugar and fat in your diet, and eat and drink in moderation. A healthy diet limits sugar, sodium, preservatives, and bad fats and replaces them with nutritious whole foods.

A Healthy Meal Plan Includes

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Lean proteins (organic poultry, wild caught seafood, eggs)
  • Dairy
  • Grains (preferably whole grains)
  • Plant-based oils (olive oil, avocado oil, hemp oil)

A Healthy Diet Limits

  • Saturated and trans fats (butter, ice cream, junk food)
  • Added sugars (white sugar, soda, sports drinks, pastries)
  • Processed foods (prepackaged meats, prepackaged snacks, frozen dinners)
  • Refined carbs (white rice, white bread, white flour pasta, crackers, chips)
  • Sodium (fried food, french fries, pizza)

Benefits of a Healthy Diet

A healthy, nutritionally balanced diet can reduce the risk of diseases and health conditions and increase longevity. Adding more fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-dense choices into your diet can result in:

  • A healthier heart
  • Optimal blood sugar levels
  • Optimal blood pressure levels
  • Reduced inflammation and pain
  • Reduced risk of degenerative diseases
  • Better mental health
  • Improved sleep and mood
  • Improved digestion
  • Longer lifespan

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