How to Eat Healthy without “Dieting” - Eating healthy can be easy, tasty and inexpensive if you stick to some simple guidelines. Who isn’t trying to eat healthy these days? After all, it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and lots of other things you’d rather avoid. The good news is, eating right doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up things you love. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern.

Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier:
INCLUDE

    Fruits and vegetables
    Whole grains
    Beans and legumes
    Nuts and seeds
    Fish (preferably oily fish with lots of omega-3 fatty acids), skinless poultry, and plant-based alternatives
    Low-fat and fat-free dairy products
    Healthier fats and non-tropical oils
LIMIT

    Sweets and added sugars, especially sugary drinks
    Sodium and salt
    Saturated fat
    Fatty or processed meats – if you choose to eat meat, select leaner cuts

AVOID

    Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils

TIPS
Choose mindfully, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary a lot. Read labels. Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils. Watch your calories. To maintain a healthy weight, eat only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, take in fewer calories or burn more calories. Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served, especially when eating out.

Don’t dismiss entire food groups. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
Cook and eat at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients and preparation methods. Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern.

We can help you make healthier choices:

    At home
    At work
    At the grocery store
    In restaurants

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