Monday, September 14, 2009

Healthy Eating

What is "healthy eating?"   In two words: VARIETY and MODERATION.

Variety:

- choose from many different kinds of foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, lean meat & poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts and healthy oils.  

- select foods low in saturated fats and without trans fats.

- eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Moderation:

- eat what you need, but not in excess of the energy you spend: it's a balancing act.

- limit sugar and avoid sugary drinks.

- eat as little salt and sodium as possible.

- avoid high-fat, high-sugar foods such as cake, cookies, ice cream, chips and other highly processed foods.

Other healthy eating tips include:

- shopping smart: read food labels. Learn the meaning of carbohydrates, protein & fat and how they can meet your needs.

- shopping fresh: select foods as little processed as possible, with few additives.

And, take the time to sit down and enjoy your meals, with friends and family.  A twenty-minute meal eaten in a quiet atmosphere is part of healthy eating habits.

 ALCOHOL WARNING: If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.

For more information on Healthy Eating, check the following: mypyramid.gov

It's a healthy thing!

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