National Eating Healthy Day 2015
National Eating Healthy Day is on November 4. It is a great day to start some new habits that might just stick. You will start to see a difference in how you feel and look when you adopt healthy behaviors. By adopting a healthy diet, you will not only add years to your life but you will improve the quality of the years you have.
Here are some healthy tips to get started:
1. Slow down on the sodium: Americans eat significantly more sodium than their bodies need. Too much sodium increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems.
2. Pile on the fruits and vegetables: Choose all kinds of fruits and vegetables — fresh, frozen, canned, juiced and dried. All fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Look for fruits and vegetables of many different colors.
3. Get the skinny on fats: Learn how to substitute good fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats) for bad fats (saturated and trans fats). For example, try canola oil or olive oil instead of butter. Choose lean meats, poultry without skin and fish instead of fattier cuts of meats. Enjoy heart-healthy fats in moderation and remember this tip: 1 teaspoon equals 1 serving.
4. Cook at home: Cooking at home is not only a great way to make sure the ingredients are healthy, but portions are correct. Try using a smaller salad-size plate instead of a big dinner plate, as well.