Can You Break the Health Rules?

Fork with a Tape MeasureBreaking Health Rules

Is now the time to break the imperatives for our well being?  Is taking care of ourselves as black-and-white as it use to be?  Are we able to bend the codes of good health and follow guidelines now?  Today there are more paths to optimal health than we previously thought and our new rules are more user-friendly.  Review the following old and new rules and see if you are able to better follow the new options.

Old Rule – Drink eight glasses of water daily.  New Rule – Eat your water.

The original recommendation to consume eight glasses of water each day was established in 1945.  However, according to new research, much of the daily requirement can be contained in foods.  For example, watermelon and cucumber are around 90% water.  My only concern is that while eating certain foods, calories and portion control are still important.  My recommendation for the amount of water your body needs is to check the clarity of your urine.  If yellow, you need more water – if clear, you are well hydrated.

Old Rule – Eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables.  New Rule – Fill half your plate with produce.

What constitutes a serving is the start of the confusion with fruits and vegetables.  For example, a serving of broccoli is five florets, a serving of raw spinach is one cup, and a serving of a mango is roughly the size of a fist.  It is not surprising that people are confused.  We now have MyPlate from the government as the standard for nutritional guidelines.  According to this one half of your plate should be composed of veggies and fruits.  Again, how much!? According to the dietitian working with MyPlate, 6 asparagus spears at dinner, a spinach salad at lunch, a sliced banana and berries at breakfast should work.  I still prefer the portions and serving sizes recommended in our LifeStyle plans.  There is no guess work.

Old Rule – Avoid red meat.  New Rule – Beef in moderation can be healthy.

Because of the high saturated fat content in red meat, it was considered a big no no for a healthy meal plan.  The problem is in the processed meats such as hot dogs, sausage, and cold cuts.  There is also a high concentration of salt and preservatives in these meats.  The non-processed meats (which are a good source of iron and immunity boosting nutrients) such as steak and hamburger should be ok if eaten in moderation.  Choose lean meats and avoid anything labeled prime.  Our plans incorporate choices of lean meat, fish and chicken as well as meal replacement products.

A sensible meal plan created and customized for you is our goal.  Review our plans and see if one will work for you!

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