Our food choices affect our health. It is so important for each of us to follow a good nutritional diet. When good nutrition and physical activity are combined, we can reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduce our risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
So many of us want to incorporate healthy eating with workout, but don’t really understand what healthy eating looks like or what goals to set. Below are some helpful tips to get you on the right track.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables: Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables and add fruit to each meal. The more colorful you make your plate, the more likely you are to get the vitamins, minerals, and fiber your body needs.
- Make half the grains you eat whole grains: Read the ingredients list and choose products that list a whole-grain ingredients first (ie: whole wheat, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, or wild rice).
- Eat lean protein foods: Meat, poultry, seafood, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group.
- Compare sodium in foods: Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose lower sodium versions of foods.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks: Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages.
- Eat some seafood: Seafood has protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Adults should try to eat at least eight ounces a week of a variety of seafood.
- Cut back on solid fats: Eat fewer foods that contain solid fats such as cakes, cookies, pizza; sausages, hot dogs, bacon, ribs and ice cream.