The latest 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines introduced new advice on a few important subjects after taking in account the new body of nutritional research. For example, the recommendation of sugar intake changed from 5 to 15 percent of total calories (in 2010) to less than 10% of total calories per day.
The first Food Guide Pyramid, which was heavily criticized for its focus on too much bread, pasta and cereals (among other things), was replaced in 2005 by My Pyramid, in the hopes to improve the way American eats. However, there’s still a lot of controversy surrounding the dietary recommendations made by the USDA.
Due to diverse nutritional research, different diets have become mainstream.
Which is the right way of eating? Vegan, paleo, gluten-free, pescatarian, vegetarian, or omnivore? You’ll find thousands of supporters for each diet.
It doesn’t help that there’s a lot of contradictory advice on the media that seems to be constantly changing.
In short, food is complicated.
What works for some doesn’t work for others, and that’s why it’s hard to pinpoint hard and fast eating rules for everyone?
However, we do know about certain eating patterns that promote a healthier life.
Food is complicated on the details, on the micro level, but when it comes to the macro vision of eating, we can clearly see which habits and foods make most of us healthier and happier.
Instead of worrying about how many calories to eat at lunch, how many servings of carbs to eat during the day, or how much you weigh, focus on two things: The quality of your food and what your body tells you. That’s it.
Those two things are the most important guidelines you need to be truly healthy and vibrant, regardless of your diet.
To help you focus on high-quality food and reconnect with your body, here are 10 nutrition rules that will help you eat healthily and feel great everyday. If you follow these 10 eating habits, you’ll improve the way you eat, feel, and look.
1. Skip Processed Food
2. Eat Mostly Plant-Based
3. Eat Healthy Fats
4. Eat Each Meal Until You’re Satisfied, Not Stuffed
5. Don’t Diet
6. Eat Breakfast Only If You’re Hungry
7. Drink Plenty Of Fluids
8. Don’t Rely On Multivitamins
By ESSMC News