Healthy Eating

United States
September 17, 2006 6:33pm CST
How Do I Stick to a Healthy Diet? Enjoy food and practice moderation Food is one of life's greatest pleasures. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be a part of a healthy diet. If your favorite foods are high in fat, salt, sugar, and calories, limit how often you eat them, but don't cut them out entirely. Eat smaller servings, eat them less often, or look for healthy substitutes. The key to a healthy, balanced diet is moderation. Eat a wide variety of foods, especially those high in nutrients, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, fish, lean meats, and poultry. Find creative ways to add fruits and vegetables to meals Add apple chunks, pineapple, and raisins to tuna salad. Add lots of colorful vegetables, such as red cabbage, carrots, and spinach, to green salads. Top with orange, nectarine, or grapefruit slices. Add green, red, or yellow pepper strips, carrots, cucumber, and broccoli to a pasta or potato salad. Add vegetables to pizza and sandwiches, and add fruits to yogurt and cereals. Make healthy choices when eating out There are usually healthy options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. The type of restaurant you choose can help you make healthy choices. Ethnic restaurants, such as Indian, Thai, or Japanese, have lots of healthy dishes on the menu. A vegetarian restaurant will obviously have more vegetable choices than a drive-through burger stand. However, most fast-food chains are now offering more low-fat or healthier choices on the menu. If you eat out a lot, try the following: Order a veggie pizza with a whole-wheat crust or add lots of veggies to your pepperoni. Order a veggie pizza with grilled chicken instead of sausage or pepperoni. Ask for less cheese on your pizza. Order a pasta with roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, or marinara sauce. Avoid cream-based sauces. Order a vegetable or grilled chicken wrap. Order vegetable soup if available. Choose a variety of vegetables from a salad bar. Order foods that are broiled or poached rather than fried or breaded. Cut back on butter or margarine used on bread. Better yet: dip bread in olive oil instead. Order sauces, gravies, and salad dressings on the side so you can control how much you use. Share appetizers, desserts, and even entrées with your dining partner. Ask for salsa with a baked potato instead of sour cream, butter, cheese, or bacon. Order a child's portion or take half of your meal home. Order the smallest portions at fast-food restaurants (don't be tempted to take the big meal at a reduced price); opt for salads or a broiled chicken sandwich (skip the mayonnaise and cheese).
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@squallming (1778)
• Malaysia
26 Mar 13
Eating healthily gives you a better health. A healthy diet should consist of vegetables and fruits. Meat is not necessary for you to live healthily. Of course taking a little meat will not cost a big toll on your health as long as you don't eat too much. Eating healthily does not mean that you have to eat not delicious food as if you know how to prepare, even vegetables can be very tasty and enticing.
@miajane (361)
• United States
17 Nov 06
thats a lot of great info! i need help getting over junk food and i think a lot of those tips would do the trick. especially since there is so much healthy food i can snack on. i'm a big snacker. thats why i'm a big girl!
@bluedropus (1073)
• Vietnam
28 Sep 06
Thanks for the info.