Did you know that the choices you make in the grocery store, in your garden, or with a friend at a restaurant about what to eat can increase or decrease your chances of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression?
Making healthy decisions will boost your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilize your mood!
Below are 5 recommendations to help you eat wisely.
Healthy Eating Tips
1. Think smaller portions.
- If you’re eating out, share a dish with a friend, or ask for a to-go box and cut your portion in half before you begin.
- Use smaller plates at home. We each have a tendency to want to fill our plates. Using a smaller plate puts each serving size in more realistic terms.
- Choose your portions based on the plate.
2. Eat breakfast. Your Mom Was Right!! Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can help give you:
- A more nutritionally complete diet
- Improved concentration and performance throughout your day
- Increased strength and endurance
- Lower cholesterol levels
3. Pick your foods from the rainbow. You can hardly go wrong by filling up on fruits and vegetables instead of carbohydrates, like breads and pastas. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals and generally have fewer calories. The colors of the fruits and vegetable you eat can also indicate their nutrient content. The more you vary the colors of fruits & vegetables you consume, the more likely you are to get the nutrients you need.
4. Eat with friends or family. Eating in front of your TV or computer often leads to mindless overeating.
5. Listen to your body. Stop eating before you feel full. Often it takes several minutes for your stomach to process and tell your mind that you’ve overeaten. If you stop eating before you feel full, once your food has had a chance to settle you probably will feel full!
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