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Consult with your doctor for tailored recommendations that take into account your health history. Your doctor is a great resource that can address your specific needs and advise you on how to proceed, knowing your health status and concerns. They will know the food guidelines that address common...

Balanced Diet and Nutrition

As the U.S. deals with ever increasing rates of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, it is more crucial than ever before to ensure that you and your family are eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. They say that you are what you eat, and this is true to an extent – the food you consume directly affects your health. A well-balanced diet is composed of all the nutritional elements that your body requires for proper functionality as well as the necessary calories to maintain a healthy weight. Though specific nutritional and caloric requirements will vary depending on people’s lifestyles, a well-balanced diet always consists of the same essential elements.
 
After researching the skyrocketing rate of obesity in America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created My Pyramid, an informative guide to food. Visit www.mypyramid.gov to use as a tool in developing your own nutritional plan. Following the My Pyramid food guide will help you plan out your diet to ensure that you consume the necessary daily calories and nutrients for a healthy body. 
 
My Pyramid outlines the six food groups – vegetables, grains, fruits, meat and beans, dairy, and oils. You should be eating foods from all six groups every day. The food guide also provides guidelines to proper portion size. Based on a typical 2,000 calorie diet, My Pyramid suggests that the average adult consume 2 ½ cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 3 cups of milk products, 5 ½ ounces of meat and beans, and 6 ounces of grains every day. Of course, you must adjust portion sizes to your specific calories needs. When planning your diet, visit your doctor or nutritionist for a recommendation on your ideal caloric intake. Follow up by using the resources on My Pyramid to help create your customized dietary plan.
 
Additionally, My Pyramid also lists recommendations for physical activity. Adults are advised to engage in at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, several times a week. To prevent weight gain, it recommends an hour of daily physical activity. To actively lose weight, you may require 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise. 
 
Consult with your doctor for tailored recommendations that take into account your health history. Your doctor is a great resource that can address your specific needs and advise you on how to proceed, knowing your health status and concerns. They will know the food guidelines that address common health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, and will provide you with tips for optimal diet to control these conditions. Women should also visit their doctor to discuss their dietary needs during pregnancy or menopause. You can also ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist that can work with you to create daily meal plans and offer great recipe recommendations.
 
Your family’s health is paramount, so teach your loved ones and children about the importance of healthy eating. Ensure that all of your family members are getting sufficient daily exercise – make it fun by playing active games like tag or working out to upbeat music all together! By encouraging a healthy diet and lifestyle, you will help keep your loved ones safe by lowering their risk of obesity and other serious health issues.