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Jun 13 2013
Food is Fuel

Diets come and diets go, but which one is right for you?

Food trends and diet fads are a constant topic of discussion on the news, in the media and on television. Everyone has a new spin on the best or worst foods to eat or what the latest miracle combination is to lose weight. 

Forget all of the diet hype. Simply put, food is fuel in its most basic form, and weight management is a matter of balancing calories in with calories out. All foods can fit into a healthful diet–as long as you monitor your portions and focus on quality.

The foundation of a good diet should always include a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to provide energy, fiber, vitamins and minerals. At least half to ¾ of your meal plate should focus on these groups with smaller portions of protein like chicken, lean meats, fish or meat substitutes rounding out the rest. 

Dairy products have also been taking a starring role in healthy eating recommendations as well. Low-fat and non-fat dairy products provide protein, calcium and Vitamin D to support healthy bones throughout your entire life span. 

Be sure to include healthy fats, such as olive oil, and fatty fish, such as salmon, in your diet, as they may improve cardiovascular health and decrease inflammation.

Learn more about healthy eating at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website or at the USDA’s website,

Looking for a place to buy fruits and vegetables? Check out Carroll Hospital Center's Farmers Market, taking place from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. each Thursday throughout the summer. The market, sponsored by the Green Team, takes place on the third floor of the hospital's parking garage.

For information about the hospital’s nutrition counseling program, visit, call 410-871-7390 for patients 10 years or older, or 410-871-7036 for patients under 10 years old.

Alison Manger-Weikel, R.D., is the clinical nutrition manager at Carroll Hospital Center.





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