Jul 16, 2017

An Alternative to the Traditional Food Pyramid

While the U.S. food pyramid has maintained its status as the officially recommended guidelines for a balanced diet across many decades, it doesn’t come without its fair share of flaws. The original U.S. pyramid set forth by government has undergone some slight variations and improvements in more recent years, however it remains a cause for questioning among more health-conscious consumers.

Perhaps one of the biggest problems surrounding the traditional food pyramid is that it makes strict dietary recommendations that limit consumer choice with vague impracticalities. A healthy diet should be based on many factors including (but not limited to) age, weight, genetics, exercise, allergies- the list goes on and on.

Let’s set aside the pyramid for a moment and consider what is most helpful for a well-balanced lifestyle.

  1. Shop around the outer edges: Next time you hit the grocery store, try sticking to the outer areas of the store as opposed to the middle aisles as much as possible. This is where you will find the most natural selection of real food such as fruit and vegetable produce, and items with ingredients you can understand and pronounce.
  2. Get a vitamin deficiency checkup: Sometimes health issues can simply be corrected by discovering a lack of certain vitamins in the system. Talk with your doctor about any possible deficiencies by making an appointment for a blood work analysis. If one or more are discovered, look into different types of foods offering significant amounts of that vitamin or mineral, particularly in minimally processed foods with healthy fats.
  3. Dedicate time toward physical activity: Finding a diet that corresponds to your fitness level is highly recommended for making the most impact on your wellbeing. Making time for a workout and a complementary diet offers countless benefits like improved cardiovascular health, better mood, and overall stress reduction. If you’re not sure where to start, seek advice from a nutritionist or physical trainer.

Achieving better health can be yours by shopping smart, talking to a physician or nutrition specialist, and dedicating at least 30 minutes toward physical activity every day. Who knew staying healthy could be so easy?