Dr. Nikki Porteus

With 2015 approaching quickly, many people are starting to think about resolutions and healthy changes they'd like to make for the new year. Here are some general tips on how to make small changes to your diet that will result in big health benefits.

1) Go green: Many people are getting their 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but not enough of those are veggies! The ideal ratio is 1 serving of fruit to every 4 servings of veggies. Green leafy vegetables are a great source of calcium, magnesium, and many other vitamins and minerals!

2) Make a happy plate: With appropriate ratios, it's more than acceptable to clean your plate! Shoot for 1/2 of your plate to be filled with veggies (non-starchy), 1/3 of the plate to filled with lean protein, and 1/6 of the plate with a healthy carb. Healthy carbs can include whole grain pasta, brown rice, squash, starchy vegetables, or cooked beans.

3) Steer clear of the fake stuff: Studies show that low-cal sweeteners may actually cause weight gain by confusing the body's ability to estimate caloric intake and resulting in over-indulgence later.

For more tips on how to make healthier eating choices, without following an extreme and unrealistic diet, click here. At APEX Wellness Center, we are always here to help you live a healthier lifestyle!

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