You also require a variety of micronutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals. Chief among these are iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and Vitamins A-K. If you eat a balanced diet you will likely not need to take a vitamin supplement.
A balanced diet should consist almost entirely of whole – or unprocessed – foods. In other words – fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy and milk that only contain a single ingredient. Whole foods are better because they are nutrient-dense. Processed foods tend to have a lot of artificial ingredients and chemicals. They are often labeled as ‘empty calories’ because they have no nutritional value.
Herbs and spices should be a mainstay of your cooking! They are nutrient-rich and plant based – making them doubly good for you!
Water should be the most common form of fluid ingested on a daily basis. You may also drink tea, milk and coffee. Avoid sugary, artificially-flavored drinks. People are often unaware of the number of calories they add to your diet.
Avoid or limit your intake of:
- trans fats such as fried foods
- processed low-fat products (the label will say ‘low-fat’)
- refined carbs such as white bread
- sugar-based products
- vegetable oils (unharmful in limited quantities)