Regular Diet


What is a regular diet? A regular diet is a meal plan that includes a variety of foods from all of the food groups listed below. A healthy meal plan is low in unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugar. Follow this meal plan if you do not have any health problems that require a special diet. A healthy meal plan may reduce your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis (brittle bones), and some types of cancer. Ask your dietitian how much you should eat from each food group.

Fruits and vegetables: Half of your plate should contain fruits and vegetables.

Plate Model

Grains: Half of the grains you eat each day should be whole grains.

Dairy Foods: Choose fat-free or low-fat dairy foods.

Meat and other protein sources: Choose lean meats and poultry. Bake, broil, and grill meat instead of frying it. Include a variety of seafood in place of some meat and poultry each week. Eat a variety of protein foods.

Fats: Limit saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. These unhealthy fats are found in shortening, butter, stick margarine, and animal fat. Choose healthy fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats:

What foods should I limit? Try to limit the following types of foods in each group whenever possible. They are high in total fat, unhealthy fats, sugar, and calories.

What other guidelines should I follow?


You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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