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Finding The Right Healthy Eating Plan for You

By Joanne Sgro HERWriter
 
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It is the holidays, so the last thing on many people’s mind may be a healthy eating plan. I tend to disagree and believe that treats in moderation are okay, but you should not use this time of year as an all-out splurge fest!

On the horizon, however, is the New Year and that is a time for resolutions to lose weight and take control of one’s health. There is so much information out there on what is healthy to eat and what is not. There are also so many types of diets out there, whether they be low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free and of course gluten-free.

My personal opinion is to check with an expert on what is appropriate for you. I suggest consulting a registered dietician, nutritionist or naturopathic doctor. Many of us have different dietary needs, food allergies and health conditions that do not allow us to eat certain foods.

I will say that one thing can be a common “good” theme when searching for the appropriate healthy eating plan. Eat foods primarily in their natural state, non-processed and preservative free. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention healthy eating plan suggestions include, “an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.”

If your special dietary needs for healthy eating are as a result of diabetes, it is especially important that you stick to a healthy eating plan. According to the Mayo Clinic, “a medical nutrition therapy plan (MNT),” is about controlling your disease through a healthy eating plan.

“Rather than a restrictive diet, a diabetes diet or MNT is a healthy-eating plan that's naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone."

The CDC also suggest choosing foods that allow you to eat more without adding so much to your calorie count. “Research shows that people get full by the amount of food they eat, not the number of calories they take in.

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