I’m taking an Introduction to Nutrition course at my local community college and I am learning all sorts of things I didn’t know. Part of chapter one discusses that with all the information out there on what people should eat, and how to lose weight, its no wonder people are confused about how to start a healthy eating plan. Should you do low carb, low fat, high protein, more veggies, less fruit? There are several suggestions that the book suggests about where to go for some real scientific information. One of my favorite sites is www.MyPyramid.gov You can customize your own food pyramid based on your age, physical activity and food likes. This is a good place to get started. Some other credible sites my text book recommends:
- (this site gives you guidelines to help you make better food choices and help reduce chronic diseases.
- (The American Diabetic Association website, helpful for achieving a healthy lifestyle.
- Finding out more about the nutritional needs of diabetics and help with meal planning.
- A major health initiative for nutrition and cancer prevention
- Find different variations of ethnic and cultural food pyramid
So, that will help you get started if you are just starting a healthy eating plan, but if you are already making great strides, it doesn’t hurt to check out some of these sites to make sure you are doing all you can to take care of yourself and feel better. I learned one statistic that should help motivate you if you are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan, but are having a hard time. 40% of all US deaths each year are caused by preventable things, such as inactivity, poor food choices, alcohol and drugs. The text book I am using is called “Nutrition, An Applied Approach” by Janice Thompson and Melinda Manore.