Nutrition for Optimal Health: Eating for Preventive Care

Nutrition for Optimal Health:

Eating for Preventive Care

By Leda Tello, Registered Dietician at LBU

The prevention of chronic diseases and the maintenance of good health both heavily rely on nutrition. Consuming a nutritious diet that is well-balanced can enhance general well-being and advance optimal health. Here are some recommendations for healthy eating:

1.  Consume a range of fruits and veggies

Make an effort to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables each day, such as berries, dark leafy greens, and colorful produce. These foods include significant amounts of important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help stave off chronic illnesses.

2.  Pick whole grains

Whole grains, like quinoa, brown rice, and oatmeal, are nutritious sources of fiber and other essential nutrients that can help lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables: Aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, including dark leafy greens, berries, and colorful produce. These foods are high in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can help prevent chronic diseases.

3.  Include lean protein

Eating lean protein, such as chicken, fish, and legumes, can help build and repair muscles, promote satiety, and keep blood sugar levels stable.

4.  Limit processed foods

Processed foods are often high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, and they can contribute to chronic health problems. Try to limit your intake of processed foods and opt for whole, unprocessed foods instead.

5.  Control portion size

Consuming more calories than necessary might result in weight gain and other health issues. It's critical to consider portion proportions and strive for proper serving sizes.

6.  Hydrate

A healthy weight and numerous bodily processes depend on adequate water intake.

7.  Beware of added sugars

Overconsumption of added sugars can cause type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain. Recognize any hidden sugars in your processed food.

8.  Plan ahead

You may keep up good eating habits by making a meal plan, going grocery shopping, and cooking at home.

To maintain a balanced diet, keep in mind that consuming a range of nutrient-dense foods in reasonable amounts is more important than following severe restrictions. You can create a customized food plan that is suited to your unique requirements and health objectives by consulting with a licensed dietitian.

For more information, please contact:

Leda Tello, RD, LD, CDCES

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

(214) 540-0303


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