Do you often see yourself thinking about should I do this diet, or should I do that diet? Are you looking to get a much better diet and not sure where to begin? As you look through the plethora of diets and different options on the table make sure you consider these 4 things before choosing one:

  • Food Variety – Includes a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein including beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats
  • Nutritional Guidelines – Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group
  • Non Exotic Foods – Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store  — rather than specialty or gourmet store items
  • Budget – Fits your tastes, lifestyle and budget

Prior to hopping into a diet, you should consult your doctor, for example if you have high cholesterol or blood pressure, you should be assessed. If that is the case, be sure to follow a diet that’s low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol, as well as one which is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.