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What Are the Basics of Healthy Eating?

Learn the basics of healthy eating from nutrition coach Lisa Neilsen in this Howcast video.


So what are some healthy eating basics that you can thing about if you're looking to upgrade your food choices? The first one would be to try to eat a diet that is rich in whole foods or what I call clean eating. And these are foods that have not been processed and they're in as close to the form that they were planted and grown in. So things like apples and bananas and spinach and kale. Things that are in their natural state, the way they were grown and put here.

The next thing I would suggest is adding in more fruits and vegetables. Most of my clients don't get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet. So trying to crowd in as many as possible. And trying a variety. So trying to eat foods that are in season or things that you may have never tried before.

The next thing would be incorporate whole grains. Most Americans are not getting enough whole grains in their diet. The current government guidelines suggest whole grains at every meal. So you want to have things like oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, whole grain bread, seven grain bread. And incorporate those whole grains. Those are the grains that give you energy.

The next thing you want to do is you want to look for ways to decrease the amount of animal protein in your diet. I'm not suggesting that we eliminate animal protein from our diet, but look for ways to crowd in alternative sources of protein such as nuts and seeds or grains such as quinoa or beans and lentils. This will reduce the amount of fat in your diet.

And then the next key would be adding in dark leafy greens. These are the most missing vegetables in the American diet. So things like kale, collard greens, spinach. I recommend that my clients eat something green every day. So I'm starting my own green food movement. Go green and eat something green every day and you'll feel a lot better.

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