Healthy Eating Plan

Healthy eating pie chart

Healthy eating pie chart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A healthy eating plan is important for all people, regardless of your age. There are many resources that you can turn to make your own and not all plans will work for you. If you have immunity issues or allergies, you might have to visit a dietician or your doctor to get a specific plan that is tailored for your needs, which may mean avoiding certain foods that everyone else might eat.

A healthy eating plan also depends on your personal tastes. If you do not like meat and adore vegetables, fruits, grains and seeds, you may well choose a vegetarian plan. If you are an athlete, you might have to eat a plan designed to increase your proteins and carbohydrates. For those who need to lower their cholesterol or avoid bad carbohydrates, you might have to have a low-carb diet. For others who have problems with high estrogen, salt intake or even gluten, specified adjustments may need to be made to ensure that the right amount of nutrients and calories are consumed to avoid malnutrition and serious complications.

Generally, a healthy eating plan will include what you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and drinks. In a regular diet, you will have to find a balance of foods from four main food groups, including meats and alternatives, dairy products, grains and seeds and vegetables and fruit. Most importantly, to ensure that your plan is healthy, you should have at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to allow your body to process everything and make the best use of the nutrients that you are consuming.

When trying to formulate a healthy eating plan for yourself or anyone else, always consult with a doctor and/or a dietician. There are many resources provided by health organizations and government ministries/departments worldwide to help you determine your needs, including those that relate to your cultural foods. Your local health nurse usually can provide you with ample literature to ensure that your consumption is as it should be and help you determine the needs for people with special health requirements, including those for children, the elderly, infants, nursing or pregnant mothers and those with compromised immune systems.

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