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.
While it is important WHAT we do to be healthy and fit, it is also important HOW we do our health and fitness. Check out this essay from my friend, Saguren.
Healthy meal planning does not have to be complicated. Just follow the principles and guidance (and a few recipe ideas) in this link to get you on your way to healthful living.
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.
Calcium is vital for healthy bones and other benefits. And the primary source of calcium is dairy products. However, lactose intolerance is extremely common among adults. Green leafy vegetables (broccoli, mustard and turnip greens, etc.) and beans are alternative sources. This link offers other sources as well.
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.
Various types of nuts provide various nutrients. Although, all are healthy and beneficial in their own ways. It is best to mix and match a handful at least 3 or more times each week. Careful not to consume too much, however, because they are high in calories. A 1-ounce serving a day for a snack is a good habit to have.
Not all fats are created equally. Some provide necessary nutrients. When planning our healthy nutrition, we want to avoid saturated and trans fats. Follow this link for a brief summary on identifying and avoiding these “bad” fats. And how to identify and include “good” fats.