The new Dietary Guidelines came out recently for the 2015-2020 time frame. While the government is taking strides in the right direction, we still have a way to go regarding healthy eating in this country.
These guidelines are intended to be read and then interpreted by Doctors, Nutritionists, Dietitians, Health Coaches and other professionals in the health field, who then break it down for their patients and clients. The guidelines are rather lengthy in nature and not intended for the average person to read.Key components that you can take away from the 2016 USDA food guidelines. Click To Tweet
There are many key components that you can take away from reading these new guidelines including:
- Consume less than 10% of your daily calories from sugar
- Consume less than 10% of your daily caloric intake from saturated fats
- Consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day
They claim the key to having a healthy eating pattern is eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables (eat the rainbow), incorporate whole grains, dairy products, vary sources of protein (seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts seeds and soy products), and oils.
What They Don’t Take Into Account
While I agree with most of these recommendations, there is still a lack of bio-individuality within these guidelines.
Another assumption is that all products are equal from conventional to organic, free-range to factory farmed, GMO vs non-GMO, local fresh vs globally sourced, or an individuals unique bodily needs and sensitivities.
The list goes on.
That is the reason why I want you to look at these guidelines as a starting place, a jumping off point when dialing in what is the perfect diet for you and your family.
This year they also added two new healthy eating patterns— the Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern and the Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. Both of these patterns align with the new guidelines. They recognize the addition of a healthy exercise pattern added to the eating guidelines is the way to prevent certain disease and is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Look at your own eating pattern:
- How close would you say you are to eating a whole foods?
- How close would you say you are to a balanced diet that consists of low quantities of sugar, saturated fat and salt?
- Would you say that the majority of your food comes out of a box or from a take out menu?
What shifts and substitutions do you need to make?
This is Where a Health Coach Comes Into Play
People hire Health Coaches to help them identify and shift habits to where they need be. This can include incorporating healthier substitutions to a complete overhaul of someones eating pattern done in a way that is both gradual and sustainable.
I am a proponent of adding in regular exercise into your daily lifestyle whether that be walking, dancing, yoga, or something more extreme like Cross fit to triathlon (depending on what aligns with my clients’ dreams and goals).
Consider a Health Coach to be your accountability partner, motivator, and someone who will listen. Each program is specifically tailored to each client’s needs within the program framework so that you will get what you need to create long lasting lifestyle changes for a more vibrant healthy you. Have more energy to do what you want, lose the extra weight, feel confident in your body, and most importantly avoid those diet and lifestyle related diseases that are plaguing our country today!
To see if hiring a Health Coach is the right fit for you please contact me for a complementary consultation.