Inflammation in the body is the root of many issues. Keep intake of inflammatory foods to once per week (red meat, high-fat dairy, refined grains & sugars, and alcohol).
Try to eat one leafy green vegetable and one orange veggie each day (carrots, winter squash/pumpkin, sweet potatoes)
Pump your fibre intake! Women should meet 25 grams daily, men should target 30-35 grams.
Nuts are good for our brain, heart, and overall health! Have a variety of nuts or seeds each day, but no more than ¼ cup!
Our colon has healthy bacteria that lives in it (yup, that’s right, we’re full of bacteria!). Aim to include yogurt in your diet regularly to keep your good bacteria counts up and your bowels healthy.
Vegetables are low calorie but be careful as to how they are prepared.
Alcohol and refined sugar are empty calories. When looking at weight management, reflect on your current intake of these.
Alcohol is high in calories (a whooping 7kcal/g)! Treat it like an extra that you need to carve out room for in your diet to make it fit.
Consume calories that provide the benefits of healthy fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!
Dietitian Health Tip: Supplement safety alert! Be careful of Natural Health Products such as vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal medicines, homeopathic medicines and traditional medicines (e.g. traditional Chinese medicine).
Dietitian Health Tip: Add colour to your daily food intake (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and black).
Always read your food labels – use the percent daily value (% DV) to compare products.
Cooked spinach, kale, collard greens, green turnips, and swiss chard are rich dietary sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Make sure you drink enough fluid everyday – aim for at least eight 8-ounce cups of sugar free beverages each day.
Kickstart your metabolism – begin your day with breakfast and eat something every 3-4 hours.
Control your environment – keep “sometimes foods” (cookies, candy, chips, etc.) out of the house most of the time. Once in a while buy a small amount and have a treat. This allows you to indulge in a treat periodically without having it available to tempt you every day.
One of the challenges of any medication regimen is to remember to take them on a regular basis.Fortunately, there are several strategies that can be used to help you manage your medications.
Media today seems obsessed with reporting health topics as rapidly as possible. As a reader, it is easy to get confused with what to believe.