The government provides a guide to good nutrition in the form of the "food pyramid" that suggests how many servings from each food group we are supposed to eat every day.
You should know however, that the food pyramid is partly the result of political influence...
...so what you think is good for you may actually just be a reflection of what's best for a particular industry...say the beef industry for example.
Here's a great book if you want to know more about that...
One thing the food pyramid gets right though is that no single food can provide you all the nutrients you need, so it's important to eat a variety of foods from a variety of food groups.
You will, however, find conflicting opinions on various foods that appear in the food pyramid and also on exactly how much you should eat from each food group to achieve optimal health. (Is it any wonder food and nutrition information is so confusing?)
So as your personal nutrition guide (meet me), I offer you a simple approach to the various food groups.
Healthy Eating Guide to the Vegetable Group
Healthy Eating Guide to the Fruit Group
Healthy Eating Guide to the Grain Group
Healthy Eating Guide to the Protein Group
Healthy Eating Guide to the Dairy Group
Healthy Eating (Be Careful Here) Guide to the Fat Group
Exactly how much of each food group you need to eat evey day is dependent on your calorie requirement, the types of exercise you engage in, and your health goals.
If you feel like you need more help with specifics, you can contact me for 1 to 1 nutrition counseling.
The Healthy Eating section.
Refresh yourself on the the government's healthy eating guidelines: the food pyramid.
Eating healthfully is one way to try and stave off diabetes, which is epidemic! Do you have any of the early warning signs of diabetes?