A good nutrition plan should be two things: sufficient and satisfying. For a nutrition plan to be sufficient, it must meet, but not exceed, all your daily energy needs, as well as your body's micronutrient, fiber and hydration needs. For it to be satisfying, it will need to be varied, enjoyable and straightforward to follow.
Meeting Your Macros
Your body relies on three dietary components known as macronutrients. These are protein, carbohydrate and fat. Your body needs all three to function at an optimal level, so your nutrition plan should feature each macronutrient in balanced proportions. The USDA recommends daily energy intake proportions of 45 to 65 percent from carbohydrates, 10 to 35 percent from protein and 20 to 35 percent from fat. You can experiment with these proportions to see which feels best for your body.
A View To Variety
Eating a wide selection of foods is important to have a balanced diet, and a good nutrition plan allows for this. Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables of different colors gives you the vitamins and antioxidants your body needs. Various types of grains, such as whole grain bread, brown rice, oats and bran, gives you fiber and a selection of minerals, while a selection of dairy foods provides you with other minerals and healthy bacteria for your gut.
Safety From Snacking
The foods and meals included in your nutrition plan should leave you feel satiated and satisfied — you should get enough energy and enjoyment from them that you don't feel the need to snack between meals. However, your plan should also include healthy snack options just in case cravings hit. These snacks should be based around whole foods, like vegetables, nuts, natural yogurt and eggs. More indulgent options include dark chocolate, sugar-free frozen yogurt or some soft cheese; these will take the edge off your cravings without loading you up with salt, sugar and unnecessary calories and carbohydrates.
Keep You Hydrated
Staying hydrated is a vital part of good nutrition. Your body relies on water, particularly for metabolism and the removal of harmful waste and toxins from your system. Drink at least eight cups of water per day, particularly if you are very active, exercise a lot or live in a hot climate. Water improves your digestion, reduces your body's craving for unhealthy foods, and helps you feel, look and function better.