Build a Solid Foundation for Good Nutrition

Posted on by Ami Spencer

March is National Nutrition Month and the American Dietetic Association wants you to focus on “Nutrition from the ground up”.

This theme suggests that when making healthy lifestyle changes, it’s important to start with a solid foundation. This means making small and gradual changes that you can live with. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing, and it doesn’t have to happen all at once. You can make one healthy change at a time and then build on those changes.

If you need some guidance on where to start building your foundation, try focusing on feeding yourself from the ground up. Center your diet around foods that come directly from the ground–fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts. Then add in limited amounts of foods like meat and poultry that grow by eating things that come from the ground. Processed foods should be strictly limited or eliminated. Even if some of their ingredients start out at ground level, by the time they get to the grocery store they’re full of added stuff (chemicals, preservatives, flavors, etc.) that definitely did not come from the ground.

Basically, the further away from the ground a food gets, the less you should include it in your diet. This may seem like an overwhelming thought, but remember that you don’t have to make these changes all at once. Start slowly and build on your successes. Every healthy change you make is another brick in your nutritional foundation.

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  1. Lulu says:

    I’m trying to build a healthy foundation for myself, too. I think natural weight loss is the way to go. I’m going to try the “Looking Good Naked” method. I hope this book works for me.

  2. Athlete2 says:

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  3. Josh Andy says:

    I liked your food philosophy and that you kept confusing and technical terms out of it. Do you think I should include oatmeal to my plan. Would love to hear from you.

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