Good nutrition is important for both good mental and physical health. An unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to poor nutrition, and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. 1
Eating a balanced diet is important for everyone, but women have different daily nutritional requirements than men. The total number of calories we need each day depends on our age and activity level. This chart shows recommended intake vs. average intake by age and gender.
One key to eating well is to incorporate foods from each of the five food groups into your daily diet. The food groups are:
- Vegetables and legumes/beans
That said, we are all different and one diet plan does not fit all. If we are vegetarian, we
look for interesting ways to include protein in our diet. If we have celiac disease, we search for good fiber options. If we crave chocolate every day, we look for ways to satisfy our craving without overdoing it.
In essence, we won’t stick to a healthy eating plan unless it works for us personally. So experiment, try new foods, and enjoy. This is easier for some than others. Many of us need support and there are plenty of groups and diet plans that offer help and guidance. Please find a healthy diet plan works for you because poor eating habits truly lead to poor health.
Jeanette Soloma Hale, nutritionist at CHCW, works with our patients to create a personalized nutrition plan that is approachable and meets individual objectives. She is happy to answer your questions about good nutrition. 651-209- 6263