EAT WELL! It sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yes, but putting it into daily practice can prove challenging. Below are some tips and resources that may help you meet that challenge.
When choosing meat and dairy products, it’s best to choose lean options to avoid unwanted calories from fat and to lessen your risk of heart disease from saturated fats. Of course there are some fats or oils that are good for us in appropriate portions, like the kind occurring in fish, nuts, and olive oil. Check out the food guide pyramid below to see how meat and dairy fit with other foods to make a healthy diet.
Eat lean... EAT WELL!
Eat half, whole!
The current food guide pyramid suggests that at least half of the grains (pasta, breads, cereals) we eat be whole grain products. Whole grains have not had the the bran and naturally occuring vitamins & minerals removed so are good sources of important nutrients that can help prevent disease.
Let half be whole.. EAT WELL!
That is... eat colorful fruits and vegetables. Greens, blues, purples, yellows, oranges, reds - each has different nutrients important for good health and disease prevention. So, reach for fruits and veggies in a variety of kinds and colors, and reach for them often.
Eat colors... EAT WELL!
Tip the energy balance in your favor... EAT WELL!
Find authoritative advice about how you can eat to help prevent disease and promote health in the book, A Healthier You, based on the the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Visit A Healthier You
Ever since you were little you were probably told to eat you fruits and veggies. Some things never change - eating your fruits and veggies is still a good idea. To learn about the number of servings you need per day, the amount that is considered a serving, and other useful tips, visit New Veggie and Fruit Recommendations
MyPyramid.gov contains the most current dietary recommendations for Americans. What makes this food guide pyramid unique is its personalized approach. The servings of foods recommended depend upon your age, gender, and level of physical activity. Get your own personalized recommendations by visiting www.mypyramid.gov
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