Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying
unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather,
itís about feeling great, having more energy, stabilizing your mood, and
keeping yourself as healthy as possibleĖ all of which can be achieved by
learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.
You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan
ahead to create and maintain a tasty, healthy diet.
Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring
portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and
freshness. This way it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus
on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh
ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more
and make changes
to your eating habits over time.
Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isnít realistic
or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or
giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad
(full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or
switching from butter to olive oil when cooking.
Every change you make to improve
your diet matters. You donít have to be perfect
and you donít have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a
healthy diet. The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and
reduce the risk of cancer and disease.
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