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RPT's Healthy Habits - Nutrition

Posted by Stephanie Taylor on 04/23/2020

Healthy habits are great for prevention of getting sick and chronic diseases. Nutrition is an important factor as some experts believe 70% of our immune system is in our gut. The food that you eat becomes fuel for your body to function. In addition to weight issues, poor nutrition may negatively affect the body’s ability to heal or gain strong muscles and bones. Eating nutrient dense foods will help support proper body function. The USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables from all the color groups. Experts recommend eating two servings from each color

Eat Your Colors

 

  • Eat a variety of protein including lean meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, legumes, nuts, and seeds
  • Eat a variety of grains, half of which should be whole grains
  • Eat a variety of dairy, including milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Gradually make better choices and pick most of your food from the good-best categories.

 

Proteins

Carbs

Fats

 (adapted from ontargetliving.com)

  • Reduce sugar consumption, saturated fats, and sodium
  • Reduce/eliminate calories from beverages
  • Watch your portion sizes
  • Limit processed foods

 

Check out more healthy habits by visiting On Target Living: https://ontargetliving.com/downloadable-resources/

For a more individualized diet based on your needs, consult a local dietitian. 

 

Be Well,

Stephanie Taylor, PT, DPT