It seems like every few months a new diet comes out promising, if followed, a healthy and satisfying lifestyle. The list is endless: raw food diets, paleo diets, cleanses and detox routines, diets low in carbs, diets high in protein, and so on. A question I often get is how can I filter through these fads and find a diet that is right for me?
The most important first step is to determine your nutritional goals. Once you know them it will be much easier to decide what diet is right. In this video, I talk about different nutritional goals and what eating behaviors help support them. Check it out:
At times it can be difficult to assess what your dietary needs may be. Our LiVe Well Centers can be great resource to you during this process. At the centers, LiVe Well dieticians can walk through your nutritional goals with you and help you decide what diet is best suited for you. Here are some ideas to help you get the conversation started:
Nutrition for Weight Loss: If you are trying to lose weight, or just trying to be more mindful of the things you eat, it is important to be familiar with all the information on the nutritional label. This includes understanding the amount of calories, protein, and grams of sugar. Also, be sure to check if your food is fortified or not with the vitamins and minerals you need.
Nutrition for Healing: If you are injured or have a wound you’re trying to heal, focus on adding more protein to your diet. The added protein, along with nutrients from your existing, balanced diet, will help your body during the healing process.
Nutrition for Disease Prevention or Management: In some cases, prevention or management of an existing disease may be your biggest concern. For example if you are diabetic, understanding and tracking your sugar and carbohydrate intake is essential. Your care provider can help you understand what next steps are necessary in this case.
Whatever your goals may be, always choose a diet that feels manageable to you. This will help make the process of reaching your nutritional goals more enjoyable.
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