The first thing I did to improve my health was follow the Dietary Advice from the Weston Price Foundation. This is a non-profit group that does not get influenced by the food industry like our Government. They also have information on Dietary Dangers, some that might surprise you!
I highly recommend getting the book “Nourishing Traditions” (NT) by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. This book is the most used cookbook/nutrition book in our house. I have even purchased copies for my two children, just in case it goes out of print before they move out on their own. I have a collection of other books that are well worth reading and can be ordered on-line.
My best dietary advice is to get back to “real” food like our great-great Grandparents ate. If you know your traditional ancestral diet, you will probably feel best on that diet. Try to research what your ancestors ate and how they prepared their foods. For example, most of my ancestors came from Northern European and I feel good eating raw cultured dairy, sourdough, sauerkraut and fish and meat.
Low-fat, industrial foods are causing problems that could be prevented. If you are worried about fat and cholesterol, read “The Cholesterol Myths” by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov and check out this article on Myths and Truths about Cholesterol
When I finally relaxed and started eating healthy fats like organic butter, animal fats from pastured (grass fed) animals and foods with natural cholesterol, my many health problems decreased.
Try to only eat when you are hungry. If you get into a pattern of three meals a day, you will get into a healthy rhythm. You should eat slowly (preferably with good company). Eat enough nutrient-rich foods that leave you satiated. Buy local, organic, and free-range whenever possible. Check out Shopping Guide for food sources.
You are your best guide of food choices and amounts of foods to eat. Be aware of how you feel on different foods.
Start off slowly and try not to get overwhelmed. Dietary Advice is hard to follow. Changing your eating patterns is not easy.