Back to Basics
By Cristina Sutter, SportMedBC RunWalk Dietitian
Today I pay tribute to food writer Michael Pollan, who has written simple common sense food rules like: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" and “Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
In today’s age of superfoods and food police, we seem to have forgotten some of the basics in our attempts to cut clean up our diet. Here are some simple nutrition guidelines that may help us make healthier choices.
- Choose whole grains more often
- Include a variety of colourful vegetables at every meal
- Serve small portions of bread, rice, noodles and potatoes
- Limit foods that are fried or made with oil or butter
- Enjoy a variety of fruits every day
- Choose fish, beans and lean meats
In moderation, even bread can be a very wholesome part of a balanced diet, but it is easy to overdo refined and processed foods made from white flour. Here are some guidelines to choose healthier types of grains and foods:
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Cristina Sutter is a Private Practice Sport Dietitian at Optimal Performance Clinic in Vancouver. For more information, visit cristinasutter.ca.