Nutrition Notes

A food pyramid designed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman that actually prevents cancer and disease while promoting healthy skin, hair, body, and mind. As posted at Healthy Chicks with Curvy Hips.

It's hard to keep up with all the latest-streaming nutritional news and diet fads we're bombarded with on a daily—no, hourly basis. Some weeks it's better to have a little extra weight, other weeks skeletal skinny is hip. South Beach Diet and Insanity Workouts came and went, to be replaced by the Paleo Diet and Crossfit Training. Sometimes it seems a good idea to fast; other times, to gorge.

Who on earth can manage to stay on top of all this dizzying, conflicting information without being subjected to whacked-out, yo-yo diets that confuse the body and leave a person bouncing wildly between weights and nutritional intakes?

Here's some "Better" advice: Ditch the scale, stop counting calories, eat as many raw or lightly cooked fruits, veggies, beans, and seeds/nuts as humanly possible, ditch soda and processed foods, try not to eat after 7 p.m., and do something that makes you sweat and need to catch your breath at least three times a week.

To elaborate, here are a few of my favorite graphics going around in the last week.

Hands-down the healthiest way to eat (don't worry, omnivores, 10 percent of your diet can still include meat!):

Some Easy-To-Spot Nutritional Deficiencies:

On Cancer and Nutrition:

...(and Healing):

Here's a simple way to start your day, every day (don't forget to stretch!):

To make sure everything is running smoothly, commit to at least one blood drawing a year to check on things like iron, hemoglobin, vitamins, etc. (check with your primary care physician for more information).

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.