Diet Plans for Healthy Eating

Italian Shrimp Pasta with Veggies

 WHAT DOES HEALTHY EATING MEAN?

Healthy eating means eating a wide variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to boost your energy, improve your mood, and most importantly – to maintain or improve your overall health. These nutrients include proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fat, and water. Healthy eating is also about eating smart and enjoying your food. Let’s have a look at some of the Best Diet Plans for Healthy Eating.

OUR TOP 5 HEALTHY DIET PLAN LIST

1. Mediterranean DietThe diet has been ranked #1 in Best Diets Overall, by  U.S. News and World Report (41 diets were evaluated with input from a panel of health experts)

Glass Jug with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

And that’s only the start! The Mediterranean Diet is ranked N0. 1 in different diet categories: in Best Diets Overall, Best Diets for Healthy Eating, Best Heart-Healthy Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, and Easiest Diets to Follow.

Speaking of Med Diet, we have in mind a traditional diet in countries bordering the Mediterranean sea (Italy, Greece, Malta, Spain, France, etc.) It’s generally accepted that people living in these countries live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and different cardiovascular issues. This diet is mainly plant-based, low in red meat, sugar, and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods. Med Diet may offer a host of health benefits, like heart and brain health, cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, weight loss, etc. Read more…

2. DASH Diet The diet has been ranked No. 2 in Best Diets Overall, according to U.S. News.

The DASH Diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating, designed to help you control your sodium intake and manage your blood pressureIt emphasizes the foods you’ve always been told to eat – fruit, veggies, lean protein,  and low-fat dairy, which are high in blood pressure-deflating nutrients (calcium, potassium,  protein, fiber). DASH also discourages foods that are high in saturated fat like fatty meats, full-fat dairy foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, candies, etc.  Read more…

3. Flexitarian Diet The diet has been ranked  No. 3 in Best Diets Overall, by U.S. News.

The Flexitarian Diet or ‘casual vegetarianism’ is essentially what it sounds like: a flexible vegetarian diet. This diet is based on the increased intake of plant-based meals without completely eliminating meat. The Flexitarian diet pattern encourages you to eat more fruit, veggies, legumes, and whole grains. You may also eat meat (in moderation), but,  should avoid processed food,  and limit sugar and candies. Read more….

4.  Mayo Clinic Diet The diet has been ranked No. 6 in Best Diets Overall, by U.S. News.

The Mayo Clinic Diet (MCD) is the official diet developed by Mayo Clinic with the aim to teach you how to lose weight in a healthy and effective way. The MCD is based on research and clinical experience and focuses on eating healthy foods and increasing physical activity. What we love about this diet – the MCD can be tailored to your own individual needs and health history – it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach! Read more…

5. Nordic Diet The Diet has been ranked No. 9 in Best Diets Overall, by U.S. News.

Healthy Fish Soup with different Veggies

The Nordic Diet is a healthy eating style that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland). The Diet has been around for quite some time, tied to Nordic nutrition recommendations. The “New” Nordic Diet Plan was developed in Copenhagen (2004), by Nordic nutritionists and chefs, in an effort to reduce obesity and improve public health in the country.

This  New Nordic Diet is a healthy dietary pattern,  known to lower the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. And what we especially love about this diet is – that it’s also ECO-friendly/ emphasizes foods that are locally grown and sustainably farmed. Read more…

FINAL THOUGHTS

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Eating healthily doesn’t have to be complicated. On the contrary, it’s about enjoying a variety in food, consuming the right amount of quality food (instead of unhealthy, fast, and processed food) in order to achieve and maintain healthy body weight and live a healthier life.

And… It’s important to note: whether you’re looking to lose weight or boost your overall health, try to find diets that are supported by research. These five Diet Plans for Healthy Eating listed above are a great place to start!

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