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Diet and NutritionFruit image on diet and nutrition

One of the four keys to becoming healthy, happy, and living longer, better lives is proper diet and nutrition. It makes sense right? You probably already knew that of course, as it’s something you’ve heard for years. Eat good food to be healthy.

What’s the problem then? The problem is that this leaves a lot of unanswered questions:

  • What is a healthy diet?
  • How do I afford healthy food?
  • How do I find healthy food that’s easy to make and tastes good?

Getting the Facts Straight

This advice also leaves us with the frustration of trying to weed out good advice from bad. I can’t begin to tell you the times people have given me “good” health advice, which turned out to be anything but. Even the government doesn’t always get it right. Remember this fun little pyramid? Food Pyramid, an outdated diet model

Yeah, this poorly designed scheme isn’t so helpful. You’re not likely to lose weight and stay healthy following this sort of diet. In fact, there are those who blame this graphic for much of the current obesity problems in America today. Here is what a few experts have to say.  Fortunately the US government has made at least some changes to the original recommendations.

Later on we’ll go into why this was such a terrible guide, and how it may have actually increased the rate of diabetes and heart disease in our country (though it wasn’t the only factor).

 

Dispelling Diet Myths

Have you ever gotten the impression that eating healthy is expensive? Or that healthy food has to taste bland? Or that it takes a lot of work to make healthy food?

If you can relate to any or all of these, don’t worry, the next few posts break down all the research and data into bites of information that make understanding all of this simple.

While our plan is to try a number of different recipes and post the ones we like, along with shopping lists and cooking tips, for now these are a few good sites to try for healthier recipes and suggestions.

Eating Well

Food Network

Greatist

Allrecipes

Now on to nutrition categories

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