Ideally, maintaining a balanced diet should be easy, with concrete rules to follow. The reality of the situation is that navigating the myriad of conflicting reports, convoluted labels and hard to find information can make food decisions difficult. This article will enable you to turn smart nutritional choices into lifelong habits.

Limit your consumption of red meat to once a week or less. A great treat, red meat is not as healthy for you as other forms of protein. Try replacing some of your meals with fish, beans, and grains as the main components. Red meat has its place but nutritionally you can do better.

A great nutritional tip is to subscribe to a magazine devoted to nutrition. There are plenty of publications out there that offer interesting recipes, as well as, the latest information regarding health and nutrition. Having a nutrition magazine like this, can make cooking at home, a lot more exciting.

No one maintains perfect nutrition. In fact, to set such a goal would be to set yourself up for failure. Instead, think of nutrition as a balancing act between what you want to eat and what you should eat. Focusing too heavily on the “should” side will set you up for failure and guilt, while focusing only on what you want will pile on the pounds and make you less healthy.

To choose healthier aliments, you should know what you are buying and eating. A lot of products are advertised as ‘diet’ or as ‘light’. This does not necessarily makes them healthier. They usually contain more chemicals to make up for the missing ingredients, or do not contain enough calories to give you the energy you need.

Have a treat once a week or more. Many people who decide to start eating in a healthy way think they have to cut out all the food they really love, and that’s not so. When you do have a fatty food or one high in sugar, just make sure that it is a smaller portion.

Digestibility needs to be considered along with the nutritional value of foods. Some studies (notably by Dr. Weston Price)show that traditional methods of preparing grains make them more digestible and add food value. These methods soak the grains and cause fermentation, which in turn creates enzymes that help us digest these foods.

Write down and collect healthy recipes. Cook books are expensive and seldom have much useful information. Make your own instead. Buy a pack of index cards and use them to copy down any healthy recipes you try and enjoy. Replace all those high calorie, unhealthy recipes you had been saving with the new ones.

Reading was the easy part! Putting into practice what you have learned will take a little more effort but be well worth the energy spent and even give you more energy in the long run. You have taken the initial steps necessary to begin positive changes in your consumption habits and once you put them into action you will be much happier and healthier for it!