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A Healthy Philosophy Guide for eating for health

Published: September 28, 2018

Are you eating for health?
Are you eating for health?

There are scores of “diets” to choose from such as low fat, high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate, low calorie, liquid shakes, and diets that promote fasting and/or cleanses.

Many of these diets are promoted as being “healthy”, but how do you know if these diets will provide you with the nutrients you need to maintain health.
The majority of popular diets are usually concerned primarily with weight loss, but may not provide you with comprehensive nutrition over the long term and may not sustainable be.
If you are not following any particular eating plan, but select foods which claim to be healthy, how can you be sure these foods will contribute to an eating for health plan?
This article will provide you with a basic framework for eating for health which you can use to develop your own specific eating for health plan.
You can also use this article as a comparison for your current eating plan or popular diets that you have or may be thinking of trying.
The information provided in this article is based on evidence-based scientific research and nutrition recommendations from the international nutritional science community and various health ministries.
Basic requirements of an eating for health plan  
An eating for health plan should:

  • Provide adequate amounts of carbohydrate, protein, fat and water (macronutrients)
  • Provide adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (micronutrients)
  • Accommodate your values around food and health (food preferences, health requirements, food allergies and/or sensitivities, culture, traditions, beliefs, cost, availability and accessibility to food, and cooking ability)

Adequate macronutrients

The macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) provide you with energy (calories) and the building blocks for synthesising various tissues, enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and other molecules necessary for health...link to the full article to learn more

References

1.
Whitney, E. & Rady Rolfes, S. (2005). Understanding Nutrition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth
2.
Gropper, S.S., Smith, J.L. & Groff, J.L. (2005). Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism (4thEd.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
3.
Dash Diet plan
4.
USDA myplate