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Tips To Help You Make Healthy Choices

ChooseMyPlate.govDo you want to eat healthier? Well, now’s the perfect time to start — March is National Nutrition Month! This month, we’re reminded of the importance of making smart food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Easier said than done, we know.

Building healthy eating habits doesn’t happen overnight, but there are simple steps you can take every day to make smarter choices.

  • Find out how much food you actually need. You can get personalized nutrition information based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level at SuperTracker.usda.gov. The SuperTracker even helps you track your health goals. Get started today — it’s easy to use and free!
  • Enjoy your food, but eat less. Use a smaller plate at meals to help you control the amount of food you eat.
  • Build strong bones. Choose foods such as fat-free and low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt, and fortified soymilk to help strengthen bones. Give your bones an extra boost by adding fat-free or low-fat milk to your morning coffee.
  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. They’re low in fat and calories, while providing fiber and other important nutrients. Try swapping your usual dessert for fruit!
  • Eat more whole grains. Choose whole grains like brown rice and whole-grain pastas and breads more often. Foods with lots of fiber can help you feel full longer. Plus, they provide key nutrients.
  • Drink plenty of water. Skip sugary drinks and sip on water instead. Add a slice of lemon or lime for a little extra taste. Water and other drinks with few or no calories can help you maintain a healthy weight.

These are just a few tips to help you get started. You can find more easy-to-follow suggestions on healthy eating at ChooseMyPlate.gov. The Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series offers manageable tips for women, men, teen girls, and teen boys. There are also tips on topics such as eating better on a budget, making better beverage choices, and being a healthy role model for children. With over 30 lists, there’s something for everyone! The best part? You can print them out and put them on the fridge! They’re also available in Spanish.

Eating healthy may be easier than you think. Just remember, you don’t have to make a bunch of changes all at once. Choose a change that you can make today, and start moving toward a healthier you. Help others in your life make smarter food choices by sharing this blog post with them. Everyone can benefit from Ten Tips!

8 comments on "Tips To Help You Make Healthy Choices"

  1. Nancy on said:

    Great Blog Post. Everything in moderation is a win win. Making diet changes gradually but with determination is the way to a healthier lifestyle.

  2. Linda on said:

    Making meals social times with family or friends can go a long way in keeping your calorie intake appropriate for your calorie needs. Just slowing down and taking time to chew and really taste your food, while enjoying pleasant conversation, will give your brain time to realize when you are full before you gulp down more food (and calories) than you need. It’s also great for family dynamics and child development!

  3. JackieT on said:

    Great information, I certainly will share this with many. I wish I had received the Blog at the top of March. Well, better late than never.
    Be Well…Be Safe

  4. Aracely on said:

    Another great website with healthy tips is “cachampionsforchange.net” It has healthy and delicious recipes that can be shared with friends and family and tips on being physically active. Everyday moms share their personal tips as well.

  5. Nicole on said:

    Any advice encouraging a more healthy lifestyle is something that needs to be reiterated often. Thanks for the smaller plate tip.

  6. Jacquie on said:

    Great information that ruly works. Without even noticing (myself),I lost 10 lbs. and got the thumbs up from my Dr.

  7. Gourmandize on said:

    I think its so important to get the correct information out there, so that people can make smart choices about their diet. Thanks for the resources! Gitanjali from “gourmandize.com”

  8. sharadha on said:

    Healthy body leads to helthy mind.Only when we feel weak we tend to get irritated for even simple situations.This will lead to stress which is the starting stage of bad mental health.We woman should definitely take take a two time more heathier diet than others because our family is only revolving around us and only than we can look after our family .If we get a chance we can also do something to the society.

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