It concerns me to see food portrayed as the enemy in popular culture. Food is fuel. We must consume good quality fuel to keep our bodies running properly and efficiently.
One way to do this is by cutting down on overly processed packaged foods and including more healthy, whole food in our meals, including fruit, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, lean minimally processed meats and healthy fats. A good variety of fruit and vegetables are especially important and most of us never get enough.
Start by eating a rainbow. Focus on a variety of bright colored, fresh produce and you will get a variety of important nutrients the body needs. Add lean animal protein or vegetable protein and fiber and you will be off to a good start.
The good news is there is help – not only from nutritionists, but also from a wide variety of books and websites. The federal government is a good place to start. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and MyPlate.gov provide helpful nutrition information.