Healthy Eating: Finding the Right Balance for You
Healthy eating and the concept of "diet" (as in weight loss) are not synonymous. We eat healthy to have energy and feel good. It is not always what we eat but how we eat and how much we eat. Therefore, deprivation of the foods you love is not always eating healthy.
Here are several tips that will help you to incorporate good choices into your lifestyle:
- Know your food groups and include the right percentage from each group into your daily diet.
- Moderation is the key. Whether it comes to making a change in your diet, lifestyle or food choices, moderation is the key.
- Consider how you think about food, where and when you eat. Is food for nourishment, for enjoyment or both?
- Make sure that your diet consists of the colors of the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. Fresh fruit is best, as juices contain too much sugar.
- Know the difference between good and bad carbohydrates. Eat more whole grains and less white bread or white sugar.
- Fats are an important part of your diet, eat a daily dose of good fats: those found in walnuts, soybeans, fish oils, avocados, almonds, hazelnuts, olive oil and canola oil. Avoid foods with saturated fats, such as whole milk, animal fats and foods containing vegetable shortening, such as fried foods and baked goods.
- Don't forget that protein gives us energy. Protein is necessary for our tissue and muscles to function and grow. There are many sources of healthy quality protein such as lean meats and poultry, beans, nuts and soy products.
- Vitamin D and Calcium are essential for strong healthy bones. The average daily recommendation is 1000 mg per day