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Sensible eating and proper nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are important to your health. A balanced diet and smart choices can help prevent serious health concerns or issues.
Healthy Eating Tips
Start your day with breakfast. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism and prevent overeating later in the day.
Balance your food choices throughout the day. A balanced diet is a key to a healthy lifestyle. Refer to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Choose My Plate initiative for help choosing foods that make up a well-balanced diet.
Snack smart. Instead of a candy bar or bag of potato chips, reach for some carrots, celery with peanut butter, an apple, or other fruits and vegetables you enjoy.
Limit high-sugar foods. Read food labels and limit consumption of those foods that list high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.
Eat modest portions. Oftentimes, serving sizes are more than you need. Eat only until you are satisfied and avoid mindless overeating, such as eating while watching television.
Avoid unnecessary calories and carbs. A variety of good-tasting lower calorie products can be easily incorporated into healthful eating – including zero calorie sweeteners like Equal, to sweeten and flavor your foods.
Eat regular meals. Waiting too long between meals can result in overeating or binge eating and perhaps making unhealthy choices.
Choose broiled, steamed or grilled options over fried foods. Enjoy the fresh taste of meat, fish, poultry and vegetables. High fat and calorie fried foods should be chosen sparingly.
Beware of sauces and condiments. Many sauces, condiments, and salad dressings contain hidden calories and sugars. You can make your own and use sugar substitutes, instead of calorie-laden sugar.
Enjoy your food. Eating slowly gives the brain time to register that “full” feeling, and can prevent eating when you’re not even hungry anymore.