Good nutrition is one of the keys to good health. You can improve your nutrition by regularly eating foods that have a lot of vitamins and minerals in them, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low- or nonfat dairy.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may need to talk about improving your nutrition with your doctor:
Probably, but even very small changes can improve your health considerably. The key is to keep choosing healthy foods and stay in touch with your doctor and dietitian, so they know how you are doing. Here are a few suggestions that can improve your eating habits:
Nutrition tips and diets from different sources often conflict with each other. You should always check with your doctor first. Also, keep in mind this advice:
Almost everyone can benefit from cutting back on unhealthy fat. If you currently eat a lot of fat, try just one or two of the following changes, or those suggested in our handout on healthier food choices:
Balanced nutrition and regular exercise are good for your health, even if your weight never changes. Try to set goals that you have a good chance of reaching, such as making one of the small changes listed above or walking more in your daily life.
Taking a Nutrition History: A Practical Approach for Family Physicians by L Hark, PH.D., R.D., and D Deen, Jr., M.D., M.S. (American Family Physician March 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990315ap/1521.html)
Nutritional Assessment and Counseling for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease by B Olendzki, M.P.H., C Speed, M.N.D., F Domino, M.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060115/257.html)
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