Many do not think of a diet unless it eliminates carbs or calories or both. Because many believe carbs and calories are both energy sources. But they are not. Calories are a source of energy. Carbs are not. Carbs are macronutrients. And both carbs and calories are necessary for our Sustenance. But most of us could probably do with less of both. Less … not total elimination. Therefore, when we are advised to reduce carbs, we likely only need to drop potato chips, cupcakes, and sugary beverages. We should never drop carbs altogether. Read this link for a short discussion on the difference between carbs and calories.
As the new year dawns, many of us begin resolutionizing our health and wellness plans. However, before latching onto the latest diet craze, let us review the well-informed advice in the link below on diet dangers to watch out for. Our best advice: most of us don’t actually need diets, we need nutrition.
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.
A good source of protein, beans also offer a good source of fiber. Click this link for details, plus a couple of great bean recipes.
Check out this short (2½ minute) video for tips on including more whole grains and less refined grains in your family’s nutrition plan. These tips can save both time and money.
Quite frankly, not all vegetables and fruits are created equally. Some are more healthy than others. The less healthy, though, should not be ignored. However, the video at this link describes which are healthier.
Most of us fail to consume enough fruits and vegetables in our daily nutrition. Here are some great ideas to help us increase our fruit intake. Fruit gives us necessary nutrients like fiber, potassium, and vitamin C to help reduce our risks for serious health problems.
We need carbohydrates in our daily nutrition plan. But not all carbs are created equally. Added sugars, like table sugar and sugary beverages, contribute nothing to our bodies except dreaded weight gain and body fat. In fact, they are quite harmful to our health. Current nutrition guidelines recommend no more than 10% of our calorie intake to come from added sugars. But that is high. We should strive for less added sugars. Much less.