We are passionate about telling the real story behind the link between preventable health conditions and the food we eat. We believe it should be easier to make good food choices, and we want to empower people to do just that. Nearly 38% of adults meet the criteria for obesity, and if you add the criteria for overweight, the number jumps to 71%. (1) Being overweight or obese puts us at high risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. The cost of poor health and wellbeing is high but it’s also preventable. Research continues to confirm the health benefits of exercise and moving to a diet that includes more plant-based foods – more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, as well as lean proteins. This way of eating naturally promotes satiety and includes important nutrients to prevent chronic diseases. You can move to this more healthful eating pattern and Luvo is here to help. It’s never too late to start!
In an effort to simplify nutrition and make it easy to eat well, we break it down like this:
The three things to focus on are: fruits and veggies, whole grains, and quality proteins.
- For fruits and veggies, aim to get one to two servings at most meals to meet the 4 ½ cup (2 cups fruit, 2 ½ cups veggies) minimum daily target.
- Strive to swap any refined grains you eat (like white rice and white breads) with predominantly whole grains to reap maximum nutritional benefits. We’re big fans of the unique varieties of organic whole grain rice from Lotus Foods – we use many of them in our Luvo meals!
- When looking for protein, focus on whole plant-based sources (such as legumes, nuts and seeds) and meat raised without antibiotics.
Two things to limit are sodium and added sugar.
- Read labels for sodium. Most of the sodium in our diet comes from packaged foods so compare products and opt for those with responsible amounts. Too much of it can lead to heart troubles.
- Be savvy about added sugars. There’s a difference between sugar that occurs naturally in fruits and some foods, like milk, compared to those that are added to things like breads, yogurt, cereals, condiments and drinks. Do yourself a favor and aggressively monitor the source of added sugars in your diet. Like sodium, added sugar is also linked to heart disease. It can also contribute to obesity and therefore, diabetes. Stick with unsweetened beverages and compare labels to find packaged foods with fewer added sugars.
Luvo meals help cut down on your daily intake of sodium and added sugar by delivering flavor through herbs and spices instead.
None. The things to leave out entirely are artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Let’s get behind real food made with responsibly sourced ingredients – like fruits, veggies and meat raised without antibiotics – that are prepared without artificial preservatives. That’s why we’re big believers in the power of frozen food. Freezing is nature’s pause button and is the most natural preservative. It allows us to make our meals with sauces cooked in small batches and fruits and veggies picked at the peak of freshness. It is also a great way to minimize food waste.
By sticking with deliciously prepared, real, wholesome ingredients, you reward yourself with better taste, better nutrition and naturally satisfying foods. The simplicity of our 3-2-None philosophy makes it easier to identify opportunities to improve your own diet. When you’re short on time, you can count on Luvo meals to taste great and deliver on our 3-2-None promise.
1 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm Accessed March 7, 2017