BLOG: Is it just me, or does there seem to be too much confusing nutrition information in the news lately? Fats are good, carbs are bad, eat more “good” fats and lower “bad” cholesterol. Even as a registered dietitian, it can be hard to keep up!
While media does a wonderful job raising awareness on important issues, information is often exaggerated to grab your attention. But not to worry, there are a few basic principles of nutrition that always hold true; and if practiced, can help you adopt a healthy lifestyle:
1. Everything in Moderation: When you hear claims that blame one food, or one type of food, this should be a red flag. When we shift our focus to one nutrient, the whole food industry shifts processing to avoid it, resulting in overconsumption of other foods. For example, when we cut fat from our diet, we might add in too much carbohydrate or too much protein. This is often more harmful than the food we were originally trying to avoid. Too much of anything can be harmful, but a smaller portion can be healthy! That is the basis of moderation. The body needs carbohydrates, proteins and fats to function properly. It is when we over consume any of these foods that we get in trouble!
2. Variety is Key: When you eat in moderation, a little of everything is healthy! Eating different foods everyday will allow your body to get all the nutrients it needs. Eating a variety of colors, textures and tastes will provide a range of vitamins and minerals. Ensuring that you include the right proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrate can be a little more tricky. Incorporating different types of whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables is essential!
Following these basic nutrition guidelines is made even more simple at Stewart’s. Every neighborhood shop is stocked with a wide assortment of products, each containing different nutrients! The list below provides samples of foods in each category; a healthy diet includes at least three choices from each group everyday!
Carbohydrate: Stewart's Whole Wheat Bread, Apple, Banana, Whole Grain Cereal or Granola Bar, Whole Wheat English Muffin
Fat: Cheese, Mixed Nuts Car Cups, Butter, Cream, Peanut Butter
Protein: Stewart's Milk, Stewart's Eggs, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt Parfait
Even better, Stewart’s has many products available in travel-size containers to make moderation and portion control even easier! Your neighborhood shop is your on-the-go solution to finding everything in one stop! And the only thing better than variety, is when it all comes from the same place!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.