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Healthy Eating (Overview)

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.


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What's the best way to start a healthy diet?

What's the best way to start a healthy diet?

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 more

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Healthy Eating (Overview)

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.


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How can I get started with a healthy diet? What do I need to eat ?

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

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Eating an Organic Diet (Checklist)

Read labels
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Stay away from conventionally grown food where you don't know source
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Research the "dirty dozen" fruits and only buy them organic
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Eat grassfed meats
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What foods should you eat to maintain a healthy diet, and what is the exact amount of food should you eat daily?

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 more

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What are some tips for healthy eating when going out to a restaurant or party?

What are some tips for healthy eating when going out to a restaurant or party?

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 more

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How can we develop healthy eating habits in schoolchildren?

How can we develop healthy eating habits in schoolchildren?

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 more

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What is good for healthy eating?

What is good for healthy eating?

Healthy diet: Diets low in fat, sugar & salt, rich in fiber along with vitamins & minerals. ...Read more

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How early must I teach my child healthy eating habits and how do I teach little ones?

How early must I teach my child healthy eating habits and how do I teach little ones?

Before they are born: Teaching your child healthy eating starts with our own healthy eating. Society provides a regular message to children that encourages eating unhealthy foods. Children's tv is littered with advertisements for sugary cereals and beverages and we have a growing rate of obesity among toddlers. Parents in today's society will have to work hard to provide healthy food messages, modeling is the key. ...Read more

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What is a good healthy eating plan for a 59 year old?

What is a good healthy eating plan for a 59 year old?

Same as 44 year old: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you eat meat, use it as a seasoning, rather than the main course. Avoid fried foods and sugar (added sugar, sugared drinks, alcohol, anything with high fructose corn syrup). Shop in the perimeter of the grocery store where the fresh products are located. ...Read more

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How can we develop healthy eating habits in schoolchildren?

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 more

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