The ideal diet to fuel and balance the body's nutritional needs should consist of lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, whole grains, plant-based calcium sources, along with heart-healthy fats like those found in cold-water, wild fish, almonds, or extra-virgin olive oil. A large segment of the population rarely achieves a balanced, fresh source diet due to:
• Modern Farming Practices - Today's farming techniques yield large, fast-growing plants that may often lack key micronutrients found in more traditionally raised crops.
• Aging - As we grow older, it's common for our bodies to have to work harder to digest and absorb key nutrients as a result of insufficient stomach acid or low amounts of beneficial microorganisms in our digestive tracts.
• Frequent Dieting - A reduced calorie diet often makes it more challenging to get all of the necessary nutrition for optimal health.
• Busy Lives - Balancing work with priorities of home can lead to time management challenges that make it much harder to consistently plan, shop for and prepare balanced, full meals.
For all of these reasons, learning how to eat healthy is a necessary skill to learn, not only for us, but for the next generation.