October 11, 2016

Note: this post has been updated in February 2022.

Develop The Right Plan For Maximizing Your Nutrition

Welcome to the nutrition world! Many individuals wonder why nutrition is important. The world of nutrition is filled with wonderful foods, vitamins, weight loss plans and more! Nutrition can be very personal, so it can be difficult to decide where to start. Read on to get some innovative ideas from the following tips.

Rice and beans, when combined, create a near perfect protein source. If you are a vegetarian, this can be especially important. Simply make these two things ahead of time and add a little cheese for added flavor. It is a cheap and effortless way to get the good nutrition that you need. See Ideas to improve your nutrition.

Sick of boring meals? One great and simple nutrition tip for making your food taste better is to use spices. Read up on what spices go well with various kinds of meats and other dishes and keep a list. Then visit your local grocery store to purchase these spices. Then get to planning and cooking your meals!

Avoid sugary drinks

To stay away from sodas and other sugary drinks, you need to find an alternative. It is natural to have cravings for something sweet: why not try fruit juice? Or better yet, mix fruit juice and water. Buy some oranges and squeeze them yourself. You can do the same with a lot of fruits and combine different kinds of juices for flavor.

The humble cabbage family (including kale, collard, and mustard greens) provides us with an especially good buy, nutritionally. If you haven't yet added these to your diet, you should. These dark green leafy vegetables are renowned providers of phosphorus, calcium, iron, and carotenoids. Also, they are inexpensive!

Use almonds in all your recipes which call for nuts. Out of the entire family of nuts, these contain the most nutrients, help regulate cholesterol, add valuable protein, and keep the blood healthy. Another added benefit to choosing these nuts is the cost; they are usually cheaper than other kinds. However, be careful with eating any kind of nuts as they are remarkably high in calories and could get you off your goal.

Healthy breakfast

Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Many people think that skipping breakfast will save calories. However, studies have shown that eating breakfast gets your metabolism going, prevents you from overeating later in the day, and helps you lose weight. To maximize your results, choose protein and fiber-rich foods over sugary doughnuts.

For the best nutrition, be sure to choose fats wisely. Butter was once thought to be the enemy due to the high amount of saturated fat and still is and shouldn't be used at all. However, margarine has been found to be high in trans fats, which are unhealthy for the heart. Best would be to limit your fats as much as possible; second best would be one of the "Smart Balance" non-trans-fat type margarines, and third best would be to use real butter, but very sparingly.

Eat foods rich in calcium. Leafy greens, beans, soy milk, almond milk, and nuts are examples of such foods. Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth and bones. A deficiency with calcium could cause you to get osteoporosis, a condition where your bones are brittle. It's a debilitating disorder which gradually softens your bones and makes them brittle.

There are many different nutritional plans out there to help you eat a healthier diet. What is good for a person may not be good for the next one. You can learn from these tips so that you can choose a route that will get you started on a nutritional plan for better health.  See Understanding plant-based diets and what is really good nutrition.

The solution is good nutrition

Science confirms that a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods can help you live to the fullest. In fact, a growing number of physicians advocate a completely plant-based diet for many of their patients who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Three great sources:

Plant-Based Nutrition, 2E (Idiot’s Guides) and

Nutrition Facts: The Truth About Food

The Forks Over Knives Plan

The Forks over Knives plan shows you how to put this lifesaving, delicious diet into practice in your own life. This easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use every day in their nutritional health practice—a simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium.

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