Eating a healthy and balanced diet is an important part of maintaining overall health and wellness, but with all the conflicting information out there about what constitutes a healthy meal, it can be hard to know where to start.
One simple way to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs is to follow the “healthy plate” model. It’s something we we follow with nutrition clients before we ever talk about things like macros and calorie targets.
A healthy plate should really contain a balance of different types of foods including proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It should also include a variety of colors, which can be an indication of the different types of nutrients present in the food. If your plate is all brown, it’s time to mix it up a little!
Protein is an important macronutrient that helps to build and repair tissues in the body. Good sources of protein include meat, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts. Aim to fill about a quarter of your plate with protein.
Carbohydrates are another important macronutrient that provide your body with energy. Complex carbs, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, are a healthier choice than simple carbs, like sugar and white flour. Aim to fill about half of your plate with carbs, with an emphasis on whole grains and vegetables.
Fats are also an important part of a healthy diet, as they help to absorb certain vitamins and minerals, and provide energy. However, it’s important to choose healthy fats, such as those found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados, rather than unhealthy fats like those found in fried foods and processed snacks. Aim to fill about a quarter of your plate with healthy fats.
By following this simple model, you can ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and strong.
Remember to listen to your body and make healthy choices that work for you, and you’ll be well on your way to a balanced and nutritious diet.
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