What Exactly is a "Balanced Diet"?

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QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
My husband and I are trying to conceive. Could you possibly give me an example of a day with a well balanced diet? I know you need your vitamins, fruits and vegetables. However, I am very petite and never needed to watch my weight. In fact, I am always trying to put on a few pounds. Please help me to understand exactly what a well balanced diet contains. I know I need to be patient. I just want to make sure I am doing this right.

ANSWER

By a balanced diet I mean including ALL of the food groups each day. That includes fruits and vegetables (at least 5 servings daily); low fat or fat free dairy products; lean meats, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts; and bread, cereal, rice and pasta (mostly from whole grains).

It means eating at least 3 meals a day with 2-3 healthy snacks in between and NOT skipping meals. It means eating a low fat diet, going easy on sweets and foods such as fast foods. It also means drinking plenty of water and watching other beverages such as soft drinks or alcohol.

I recommend my book, "The Everything Pregnancy Nutrition Book." You can find all the information you need for a healthy diet!

You can find more information on nutrition here:
www.healthierus.gov/nutrition.html
www.nutrition.gov/

Good luck,
-- Kimberly, RD LD