With the new year upon us and resolutions being made, this is a great time to remind ourselves of the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. I am frequently asked: “What is a Healthy Diet?” This sounds like a complex question but is really much easier to achieve than you may think. A healthy diet is any diet that provides balanced nutrition. The main purpose of your diet is to provide your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal function. Eating a variety of foods in a moderate amount (portion sizes) is the way to go.
With millions of foods available to us in our local grocery stores, food bank and local farmers’ markets, an unlimited number of combinations can make almost any diet a healthy one. Without a balanced diet, consisting of a variety of foods, we may be missing a key nutrient which manifests as a food craving. Without knowing what key nutrient is deficient in your diet, you may find yourself scrambling to fill that void. This, in turn, can lead to unhealthy consequences.