Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Unfortunately, many people believe they make healthier choices than they really do. Knowing what we should do does not automatically translate into actually doing it. Follow these simple steps to better nutrition, and you can be sure you are on the right track.

Many have always thought of salad as being quite healthy, but it is common for people to use dressings that make it far less so. There are many creamy dressings that contain much fat and not enough nutrients. Vinegar or olive oil based dressings are much healthier. Another great idea is adding cranberries and walnuts to a salad.

When shopping for food, try to stick to the perimeter; or around the edges of the store. This is usually where the fresh produce is, as well as the meats and dairy products. These are the things to stick to in a healthy diet. By sticking to the perimeter, you'll only buy things that support a healthy diet.

If you feel you aren't getting the right levels of nutrients, you need to live your life as best as possible. Therefore, you should visit a nutritionist. They are experts in their field, and know exactly what your body needs and if you're consuming too much or too little of a certain nutrient.

Sometimes it is better to add things to your diet rather than remove them. If you absolutely do not have the willpower to replace all those unhealthy snack foods you eat with fruits and vegetables, eat the fruits and vegetables anyway. Slowly begin to phase the snack foods out when you feel you can.

Moderating your meal plan can help you feel great during the day. When you eat too much, you are providing your body with too many nutrients, making you gain weight and feel uncomfortable. It is important to watch what you eat to avoid overeating.

When people go on a diet, a lot of times they will try and eat a lot of salad. Salads are wonderful because they will fill you up, are nutritional, and you can add anything you want to make them taste different. If you get tired of salads day after day, try filling up a whole wheat pita with salad, and you will find a whole new meal you enjoy.

Watch your sodium consumption carefully. Too much salt can be a cause of high blood pressure. Too little salt can be dangerous if you're a hard and heavy athlete. Visit your physician or discuss your sodium intake with a Dietitian to make sure that you're at your ideal levels.

A great nutrition tip if you have diabetes is to consult your doctor before you start including any type of herbs in your diet. A lot of herbs claim to have healing effects but they aren't regulated by the FDA, which means there's no evidence to back their claims.

It is important to get enough fiber in your diet, because it helps reduce cancer risk and prevents a disease called diverticulosis, in addition to helping prevent constipation. Good sources of fiber include whole grains, whole fruits, and vegetables, in lieu of, white bread and white rice which are poor choices.

If you have had a long and tedious day at school or work, try to fit in a twenty minute nap to restore your body to normal capacity. This will also help to reduce your anxiety level and can limit the cravings that you may have, for the rest of the night.

It is easy to misjudge how well you are really eating. Over the course of your lifetime, all those miscalculations can really add up. This article has provided several simple tips to good nutrition. Implement the steps you read here, and you can be sure that you are making wiser nutritional choices.

Author's Bio: 

Cee Harmon is founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine . He enjoys encouraging people to achieve their dreams and improve the quality of their lives -- spirit, soul and body.