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Healthy Eating (Definition)
Healthy eating is focused on healthy foods that are low in saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. A healthy diet is centered around fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and complex (whole grain) carbohydrates.
Just do it!: If you are the predominant food preparer, find some fun cookbooks that incorporate fiber sources with meat products; buy leaner cuts of meat, and start introducing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in forms you will consider eating. You can't force anyone to eat healthy, but you can certainly stop buying junk foods, cutting portion sizes, and encourage better meal and snack choices. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Healthy diet: You could have your doctor refer you to a nutritionist if you want more detail. I recommend HEALTHY: whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; ELIMINATE OR MINIMIZE INTAKE OF simple sugar, saturated fat, white flour, white processed foods, fast food. Regular exercise for life is of course excellent in addition to healthy diet ...Read more
What foods should you eat to maintain a healthy diet, and what is the exact amount of food should you eat daily?
Balance, Variety: 1/4 of your plate as protein- lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, 1/4 of your plate as complex carbohydrates, whole grains, beans and legumes, 1/4 of your plate as fresh fruit and 1/4 of your plate as fresh vegetables. You need variety, balance and moderation in portion control. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be assertive: Order exactly what you need and how you want your food. Don't let the waiter/cook add extra fat you don't need or want. Order salad dressing "on the side, " so you are in control of what you consume. Ask what also comes on on the plate, and modify according to your needs. A good way to cut down on portion size is to share an entree, and maybe a salad, with a friend. Drink only water or tea. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take it easy: Children's palettes take a while to develop. Putting too much pressure on them to eat a variety of foods when they don't want to could wind up having the opposite of your intended effect. That said, set a great example. Offer lots of choices. And make it fun. Because if it's fun you're likely to enroll them. If it's a burden, you're likely to push them in the wrong direction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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