Balanced eating - What exactly is it?

Balanced eating – What exactly is it?

Courtney Wright | January 21, 2019

As a dietitian, I stress to clients that they don’t have to give up any food group. Foods shouldn’t be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ With that being said, we should choose foods that give us energy and nourishment and limit foods that are highly processed. The ultimate goal is to find foods that taste good AND provide nourishment.
My goals for clients is to 1) Eat lots of whole, real foods — veggies, fruit, whole grains, animal and plant-based protein, nuts, seeds, and oils. 2) Eat as close to nature as possible — minimally processed, not packaged, or originating from a factory. 3) Cook at home and find fresh ingredients. 4) Forget about #cheatdays, indulging sometimes is 100% part of eating in a healthful way.
To have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to:

  • eat 5 A Day of fruits and/or vegetables
  • eat more plant based meals and less red meat
  • choose whole grains such as rice, quinoa, whole grain bread, and ancient grains
  • have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy or nut drinks)
  • eat some beans, tofu, fish, eggs, meat and other protein
  • choose unsaturated oils and spreads, eaten in small amounts
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • If you’re having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, have these less often and in small amounts
  • Try to choose a variety of different foods from the 5 main food groups

Most people in the US eat and drink too many calories, too much fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fiber and I am here to help you make the best choices for your fitness journey. It’s all about creating a healthy lifestyle! If you have any questions and/or need some guidance, I would love to hear from you!

Cheers to good health,


Courtney Wright

Courtney's mission in life is to share her gifts with other people, and to show them how great they can be. She feels beyond blessed for the moments shared with her clients over the years, and realizing nutrition is only a part of their journey. The counseling Courtney shares encompasses cognitive behavior therapy- making sustainable positive lifestyle changes and eliminating ‘diet approach’ thinking to eating. Her heart is full when clients discover parts of themselves they didn’t know were there. Courtney's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron, completion of the Coordinated Internship Program through Akron, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.


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