Proper nutrition is vital for keeping people healthy throughout their lifetime. Good nutrition helps kids develop and grow properly and minimize their risk of developing chronic health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, and obesity among many others. Proper nutrition, of course, comes from a healthy diet, which according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
- Is packed with vegetables, fruits, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and whole grains.
- Is low in added sugars, salt, cholesterol, trans fat, and saturated fats.
- Includes a sufficient amount of nuts, eggs, fish, poultry, lean meats, and beans.
- Stays within a person’s daily caloric requirements.
If you’re having difficulty within your nutrition or have special circumstances, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, your primary care physicians here at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, can help customize a healthy eating plan fit for your specific needs. Meanwhile, start with these tips:
Incorporate All The Colors of Rainbow in Your Diet
Foods such as leafy, dark greens, tomatoes, beets, oranges, berries, and fresh herbs are rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Try incorporating onions broccoli, or bell peppers to omelets and stews to give them a convenient and quick boost of nutrients and color.
Eat Fresh or Frozen Veggies
Commit to buying something from the produce section and trying something that you’ve never tried before each week.
Eat Fresh or Frozen Fruits
If your favorite fruits are not in season, consider trying their dried, canned, or frozen varieties. Do note though that some canned fruits contain syrups or added sugars so pick ones that are packed in their own juices or plain water. If you’re a diabetic, ask your primary care physician in Brandon, FL, about fruits you should avoid, as certain fruits could raise your blood sugar faster than others.
Include Calcium-Packed Foods
Opt for fat-free and low-fat yogurts without the added sugars. These dairy options are available in a broad range of flavors and are perfect dessert alternatives if you have a sweet tooth.
For Expert Advice on Proper Nutrition and Healthy Eating, We Can Help
Call (813) 655-4646 to set your appointment with one of our primary care physicians, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL.