What Should I Eat If…
There are certain types of nutrients that that everybody needs as part of a healthy diet. These are universal. However, there are also certain things that different people need to eat, and these can change based on your medical situation.
To better understand your specific dietary requirements, take a look at the following list, and ask yourself, “what should I eat if…”
I Have High Cholesterol
Stay away from any fat as often as you can. Eating steaks every day is probably probably not a good idea, neither are other fatty foods such as ice cream, doughnuts, cream and whole milk. Try to stick to low-fat options such as skimmed milk, egg whites and low-fat yoghurt.
I Have Diabetes
If you suffer from diabetes, you would be wise to talk to a dietician or nutritionist to get better guidance, but as a basis to go by, make sure that you stay away from sugary treats, stick to whole grain, and sugar-free options.
I Want to Gain Weight
There are good ways to gain weight, and very bad ways. Don’t rely heavily on junk food. Rather, eat things that are full of nutrients. Keep your meals protein rich, but still balanced with a side of vegetables.
I Want to Lose Weight
Losing weight is not about cutting out meals or important parts of meals. It is more about choosing the right things to eat. Eat lots of vegetables and drink lots of water. Stop eating when you are full, stay away from junk food.
I Am Pregnant
You should up your calorie count from 2,000 to about 2,500 a day if you are pregnant, but do not mistakenly think that you have to “eat for two.” It is more important to eat healthily when you are pregnant than at any other time. Keep a balanced diet, making sure that you get your share of protein, carbohydrates and fat. You may want to look into getting more folic acid and iron into your diet.
I Have Food Allergies
There are tons of places to get food substitutes in most cities these days. At the very least, there will be a section of “health foods” in your grocery store, so do not despair if you are diagnosed with a food allergy! Rememeber that many other people are living with your condition so you are not alone. Focus on foods that you can eat and that you love.
Professor Kinsington is a freelance writer for AspiringNurse.com. She helps students pick nursing specialties from neonatal nurses to psychiatric nursing and helps them find the best education to fit their needs.
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