A nutritious and well-balanced diet, along with physical activity, is the foundation of good health and it may surprise you to learn that it’s easier than you may think to get started!
By taking small steps to improve your nutrition, one bite at a time, will help you to move towards a healthier you!
Before you sit down to eat, or truly before you even begin to prepare your meal, think about what foods should be on your plate. Learning to plan your meals ahead of time would help you to eat healthier, shop more efficiently, save money, and share more time with your family.
When planning your meals for the week, consider the time you have available to prepare meals, look at the foods available in your kitchen, write down the meals, and make a shopping list.
Including variety of nutritious and balance meals can be a challenge. However the USDA has developed a helpful visual to remind us to include a variety of foods at each and every meal. If you haven’t seen it, click here!
Planning ahead of time not only benefits your eating habits, but it also improve your qualify of life allowing you to invest more time in activities that promote a healthier you.
Aim to add more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods. These foods have the nutrients that you need without adding too many calories.
Not paying attention to what you put in your plate can be detrimental for your health. When we fuel our body with the best product in the market we are more likely to maintain proper function and health.
EAT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CALORIES FOR YOU
Calories are personalized—everyone has their specific amounts. Eat according to your activity level, age, and gender.
BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Choose physical activities that you and your family will enjoy. Spend at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity per day. Remember each minute adds up, and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.
Being healthy shouldn’t be complicated; let’s make it easy and simple. Make small, slow changes in your eating habits and physical activity patterns. Remember, you are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake.
BY MAYELIN LORA-WILLIAMS, DIETETIC INTERN
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