A healthy lifestyle and good nutrition are truly about balance—balance food and activity; balance nutritious and not-so-nutritious food choices; and balance the nutrients in your meals and snacks. In Chapter 3, “Uncover the Natural Eater,” you learned about respecting your body’s signals of hunger and fullness.
In this chapter, you’ll learn about each of the nutrients your body requires and will be better able to sift through the nutrition advice you get from a variety of avenues—some credible, others not so.
As you read, keep in mind some concepts to preserve your sanity and your trust in nutrition professionals as a whole. First, understand that nutrition is an evolving science, so don’t be alarmed, upset, or surprised when nutrition recommendations change slightly or are updated by reputable organizations and individuals.
Second, try not to assign value to foods. Some are more nutritious than others, but that doesn’t make them “good” or “bad.” Finally, know that you are the ultimate decision maker when it comes to what passes your lips—not me, not another dietitian, and certainly not an impersonal (albeit reputable) organization. This chapter is about information— you decide how much or little you’re ready to implement in your own life!