Nutrition: Fiber Deficiency

Men should consume about 34g of fiber daily; women about 28g. Unfortunately, Americans fall woefully short of requirements through our usual and customary unhealthy meal choices. Follow this link for a brief discussion on how to include more natural fiber in our nutrition plans.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-get-more-fiber-in-your-diet

Fad Dieting: The Carnivore Diet

Yet another extreme, gimmick diet is gaining traction: The Carnivore Diet. Despite a handful of success stories, this all-meat, zero-carb is essentially not scientifically sound. Explore the discussion at this link for details about this new fad.

https://www.livestrong.com/article/13714521-the-carnivore-diet-is-going-all-meat-right-for-you

Deciphering Those Pesky Nutrition Labels

Key to developing a healthy nutrition plan is mastering those Nutrition Facts labels on food and beverage products. Most important of all is paying attention to the Servings Per Container data. Because most product packages hold more than one serving. And the listed facts are only for one serving. Check out this link to learn how to read these labels.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/#intro

Keto Diet: Revisiting This Fad … Again

The true ketogenic diet is a medical treatment to be supervised by a doctor or licensed dietitian. For a short list of specific medical maladies. For a limited period of time. It is not designed to be used by just anyone and everyone as a daily diet. True, the human body can be “tricked” into a ketogenic state (switching from carbohydrates to fats for primary fuel source). But that adaptation is an emergency state, not a natural state. Much like the body adapting to infections by developing fevers. Check out this link for a brief discussion on the potential dangers of a keto lifestyle.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-you-try-the-keto-diet

Nutrition: Control Those Cravings

Food cravings are the bane of healthful eating plans. Once we learn to control our cravings—and make no mistake, we all have them—we are well on our way to a healthy lifestyle. Click this link for a few tips to get these urges under control.

https://www.livestrong.com/article/13708075-4-foolproof-ways-to-outsmart-your-cravings-forever/

Sodium: A Reduction Plan

Sodium (salt) is a deadly, addictive food additive. We should have no salt in our cupboards. Most foods already have enough sodium, without our shaking more salt on them. Read this linked article from Harvard University to learn a few ways to consume less salt.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/simple-swaps-to-eat-less-salt

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Nutrition: Enjoy Your Meat And Dairy … Maybe

More recent research suggests that dairy products and red meat are not necessarily the evil dietary transgessors they have been perceived for decades. In the linked article, below, published last week, several recent research projects may now allow more unprocessed red meat and dairy to be added to our healthy nutrition plans. The key point: unprocessed products. Just like other unprocessed foods.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322911.php