The 18 Best Nutrition Tips, According to Dietitians

Verywell Fit's Expert Dietitians Offer Their Best Nutrition Advice

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To celebrate National Nutrition Month, we look to our very own trusted team of nutrition experts: registered dietitians from our Review Board and editorial staff. These diverse, inclusive, and well-connected dietitians consistently provide our content with expert approval and offer insight into timely nutrition topics in research and media.

When it comes to nutrition, there is not a "one-size-fits-all" or even a "one-size-fits-most" prescription. This is challenging to keep in mind when you may feel that you are constantly encountering nutrition advice on social media, in your email inbox, and on the news.

We looked to our esteemed experts to provide us with their best pieces of actionable nutrition advice. Here's what they had to say on certain topics.

What is Your Best Piece of Nutrition Advice?

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  • "You gotta nourish to flourish! Our body, mind, and gut need regular and consistent nourishment to feel their best and function optimally." Samina Qureshi, RD, LN
  • "Eat the rainbow! Include a variety of foods and flavors in your diet to improve satiety and boost your nutrition." — Eliza Savage, MS, RD, CDN, RYT
  • "Stop vilifying foods. Some foods are more nutrient dense than others. Eat in moderation. The more we restrict, the more we crave." — Melissa Rifkin, MS, RD, CDN
  • "Aim for 25 to 30 grams of protein at each meal to help maintain and build muscles." — Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDCES, CPT

Making simple, yet sustainable dietary changes can catapult you into creating the healthiest version of yourself.

  • "There is no single food that is the ONLY source of specific nutrients. So, if you don't like something—even if it's trending on social media—don't eat it. You can find another food or foods with those same nutrients." — Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
  • "Make healthy eating an easy choice by meal prepping when you have extra time. This can help make meal times or snacks quick, easy, and nutritious when you are short on time throughout the week." — Holly Klamer, MS, RDN
  • "An easy way to build a satisfying and nourishing meal is to balance your plate. Balance your plate with half non-starchy veggies, a fourth lean protein, and one-fourth fiber-rich carbohydrates like whole grains or starchy vegetables." — Mia Syn, MS, RDN

What Nutrition Trend Excites You?

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The overwhelming response to this question centered around gut health, particularly probiotics and kimchi. Many of the dietitians reported loving the nutritional benefits of these foods, but also the fact that they celebrate different cultures. The resounding interest in kimchi was echoed by support of plant-based products and recipes. Another trend to stand behind? Dining alone.

What Advice Would You Give to People Looking to Cut Through the Noise of Social Media?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding nutrition on social media. Verywell Fit looks to dietitians to provide evidence-backed context to trending nutrition topics.

  • "If it sounds too good to be true with many claims to 'cure' you of an illness, start running the other way! Unless of course, we're talking about a gluten-free diet for those with celiac disease." — Samina Qureshi, RD, LN
  • "It's important to follow people who are credentialed and experienced in their field. It's also important to follow people that make you feel good. People who provide information in a non-judgmental way." — Barbie Cervoni, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN

There is no definition of health or healthy that applies to every person. And, what is healthy for you can change as you change. Social media can create the sense that external messages are more knowledgeable than our internal cues. If you are following anyone who doesn't make you feel supported and celebrated for being you, unfollow or mute them.

  • "Get to know the person behind the handle before trusting what they preach. And more importantly—everyone has an opinion that often bleeds into their content." — Melissa Rifkin, MS, RD, CDN
  • "Don't over-complicate eating healthy. Eating nutritious foods doesn't always need to be fancy or an Instagram-worthy picture. Keep it simple by focusing on adding in more fruits and veggies with whatever is accessible to you whether they are fresh, frozen, canned, or dried." — Holly Klamer, MS, RDN

What is One Piece of Advice You Would Give to Someone Looking to Shift the Conversation Surrounding Weight?

Verywell Fit aims to reduce weight bias, increase inclusivity, and shift the social conversation around weight loss and bodies.

  • "Loving your body is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Society has spent too much time focusing on becoming someone else. Embrace yourself. Treat your body with kindness and respect. Feed it well, move it, give it good rest, and speak about it in a positive way." — Barbie Cervoni, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN
  • "Create a weight-inclusive feed on all social media platforms you regularly use. You can do so by following and learning from people with diverse body sizes and lived experiences. This will help you to see that body diversity exists naturally." — Samina Qureshi, RD, LN
  • "Talking about someone's weight is like asking them what they talk about with their therapist. I think the less we speak about weight itself, the less attention we give it." — Melissa Rifkin, MS, RD, CDN

Focus on the way nutritious foods make you feel, rather than the way you look.

  • "Weight stigma and fatphobia are real things that have very real effects. Talking about this can help create space to find what feels right for you. Acknowledging and naming weight bias and fatphobia is necessary to work to end it and the systems that foster it." — Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Our dietitians keep us up-to-date on various nutrition topics and help to inform what we cover, particularly when it comes to eliminating diet culture. Verywell Fit looks to these medical professionals for inspiration, guidance, and of course, the best nutrition tips.

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