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Nutrition

Current RDA Guidelines

It's been estimated you can receive a 3 year increase in life expectancy, 25% less coronary heart disease, and 35% less congestive heart failure and stroke simply by eating healthy and achieving a normal bodyweight. 

In order to do this, it's important to eat healthy and exercise.  New guidelines have recently been reported to help us maintain proper nutrition and health.   These simple RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) Guidelines can help you achieve health...without all the fancy terminology.


Today, I want to remind you how important it is to watch what you eat.  It just takes a few seconds to read the labels on the food items you choose.  By staying within the RDA Guidelines and eating a healthy diet, you'll feel great every day.

Are you unsure of how you should eat?  Does trying to figure out how to structure your eating habits and lifestyle stress you out?  If so, look no further.  This short and easy list will help you to improve your lifestyle and be on your way to health and vitality!

Fats

Keep fat intake under 35%, but learn the difference between good and bad fats. Good fats, like monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, help to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated and trans fats should be kept at a minimum.  

Nutritionists suggest eating more fish because of their good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for your heart. Filling up on nuts like almonds, walnuts and peanuts is also recommended because of their good source of monounsaturated fats.

Carbohydrates

Get 45-65% of your calories from carbohydrates.  This will compensate for the calorie boost that you will get by adding more good fats in your diet. To obtain these percentages, experts suggest adding some whole grains to your diet along with fruits and vegetables. Brown rice, whole-grain breads, and pastas are all high in fiber, B vitamins and other life giving nutrients.

Protein

Obtain 10-35% of your calories from protein.

Fiber

Reports have shown that fiber reduces the risk of heart disease and may prevent some cancers.  It also has been shown to aid in weight control. Therefore, the least amount of fiber recommended is 25 grams per day.

Added Sugar

Limit your sugar to no more than 25% of your calories. Experts suggest this number should actually be lower because most sugary foods also pack in other unhealthy additives.  Remember when checking your labels that they do not always read "sugar".  Check for: fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, honey and sucrose.

I like to use Stevia...an herb that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar with no calories.  All you need is a few drops, and you're good to go!

Exercise

You need an hour of exercise daily. Mix up your workouts by doing aerobic exercise a couple times a week and housework the rest of the week. Housecleaning and gardening are considered exercise and can be added to your schedule to break the monotony of the stair climber and the treadmill (plus you will be getting things done around the house!)

The above recommendations are only good when used together and appropriately. By making sure you're including all the above, you are on your way to preventing many health risks in the long run.
 

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