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  • An Optimal Approach to Healthy Diet

    An Optimal Approach to Healthy Diet

    The fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle involve regular physical activities and consuming balanced, nutrient-rich foods and beverages in moderation. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated; your diet plan should be easy to follow and taste delicious!

    Give emphasis to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk as well as dairy products. Also, include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs,  and nuts in your diet, and ensure your diet is low in trans fats, saturated fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

    Make Your Calories Count

    Consider nutrient-rich rather than good or bad foods while choosing a healthy diet plan.  It’s crucial that majority of your food choices should include vitamins, minerals, fibre, and other nutrients that are lower in calories. Making smart food choices will not only help you stay healthy but also maintain a healthy weight, making yourself feel better and physically active.

    Focus on Variety

    It’s highly recommended to have a variety of foods from all the food groups to acquire the nutrients your body requires. Consume fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned); dark green vegetables, such as leafy greens and broccoli; and red and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes in abundance. Since we all need Omega 3 in the form of oily fish, nuts and seeds, don’t forget to vary your protein choices with fish varieties, beans and peas. Additionally, eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, bread, crackers, rice, or pasta every day.

    Know Your Fats

    Choose the type of foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6), to help reduce the risk of heart diseases. These unsaturated fats are often found in liquid vegetable oils. However, the usage of poly or monounsaturated oils and margarine and spreads made from these oils, instead of fats with a high saturated fat content including butter, lard, or hydrogenated shortenings, should be limited in amount.

    Written By :

    Dr. Amritha Sankar
    Clinical Dietician
    PRIMACARE Speciality Clinic, Bur Dubai

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