A healthy body is the direct result of the nutrition it receives, says retired pharmacist and women’s health industry entrepreneur Marla Ahlgrimm.
Q: What are some ways to make better food choices?
Marla Ahlgrimm: In its dietary guidelines for all Americans, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that women focus on their fruit and vegetable intake. A woman with a 2000 cal diet, for example, should consume at least two cups of fruit every day.
Q: Are vegetables important?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Fruits and vegetables are the most important thing a woman can eat for overall nutrition. Beans and legumes pack a powerful punch of fiber while colorful vegetables, such as carrots, provide the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin, bones, and eyes. Most nutritionists recommend eating a rainbow of colors every day for optimum health benefits.
Q: Is it possible to get enough calcium without drinking milk?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Milk is one of the most readily available sources of calcium. However, many women are lactose intolerant or simply don’t like the taste. There are a number of calcium-fortified foods along with lactose-free milk products. One and a half ounces of cheese offers the same amount of calcium as eight ounces of whole white milk.
Q: Can you give an example of a healthy dinner?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Lean proteins are the foundation of any healthy meal. Baked chicken paired with a half cup of whole-grain pasta and a salad of dark leafy greens is an exceptional choice for a hearty dinner that won’t leave you hungry overnight. Those who do not eat meat might consider fish, peas, beans, and nuts and seeds as alternate protein sources.