02/04/2010  |  
Posted in Nutrition
Guidelines Toward More Healthy Eating Habits

Jenny Mathau of the Natural Gourmet Institutes has seven dietary guidelines that can help you enjoy better health and nutrition:

  1. Eat an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits — an essential source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber
  2. Choose high quality organic protein — like beans, cold-water fish or free-range chicken
  3. Consume a variety of whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds — abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals
  4. Eat foods that provide a proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids – aim for a ratio of one to four parts omega-6 foods (like sunflower, flax or pecans) to one part omega-3 foods (cold-water fish, hemp seeds or walnuts)
  5. Eat high quality, organic fats — extra-virgin olive oil, butter (from drug-free animals) or unrefined, unhydrogenated coconut oil are good choices
  6. Eat at least fifty percent of your food raw — helps to regain beneficial substances like vitamin C or certain enzymes destroyed through cooking (be sure you don't have a medical condition that might preclude this guideline)
  7. Using the other guidelines, choose only food that is visually appealing, delicious and agreeable to your system — start with simple, small meals, then pay attention to how you feel several hours after you eat

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