The road to diet hell is paved with books, all by authors firmly convinced of the inarguable perfection of their own eating plans.
And although detailed, customized menus may not be readily available at little or no cost, specific online examples can highlight what you need to look for in a meal. You’ll also find primers on nutrient-dense foods, good vs. bad fats, portion sizes and food labels.
Further, sites such as CalorieKing.com and TheCalorieCounter.com provide nutritional information on thousands of fresh and prepared foods. Look for foods that are not greatly processed and that are high in proteins or other nutrients and low in calories and saturated fats.
And keep in mind that some health insurance plans do cover visits with registered dietitians (individual consultations can be pricey), particularly if prescribed by a physician. They can not only outline daily eating plans, but also offer cooking tips and help you navigate food-laden social occasions. Beware of people who call themselves nutritionists – anyone can give themselves that title. Registered dietitians have extensive nutrition education and are credentialed.
Suzanne Bogert, a registered dietitian and project director of Network for a Healthy California, suggests this strategy for better nutrition: “When you lay your head on your pillow at night, ask yourself how many fruits and vegetables you ate, are you getting a wide variety of foods in your diet, are you connected with your hunger, and are you active? The ‘no’ answers are what you need to start working on.”
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