It’s been said, “You are what you eat,” but many nutrition experts are amending that statement to “You are what you digest.” While many of us eat for social reasons (a special date, a birthday celebration) or emotional reasons (stress eating, boredom), the fundamental reason we eat is for fuel. Food contains the building blocks for life, and our bodies are designed to extract and absorb what we need out of our food and discard the rest.
So your diet – what you put into your body – is an important factor in how your body functions.
What Does a “Healthy Diet” Look Like?
- Saturated fat
- Trans fat (as low as possible)
- Calories from solid fats and added sugars
- Refined grains
- Alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks per day)
- Vegetables & fruits
- Whole grains
- Fat-free or low-fat milk products
- Protein foods (seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, unsalted nuts and seeds)
- Foods that provide potassium, dietary fiber, calcium & vitamin D supplement.