Healthy Living


Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Learning to eat nutritiously is not hard. The key is to

Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products

Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and low-fat dairy products

Drink lots of water

Go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat and trans fat

Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals.
Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines & shortenings.


Healthy Eating: Back to the Basics

A healthy diet isn't as confusing or restrictive as you might think. It's about choosing foods that provide your body with the calories and nutrients it needs to perform - not more or less. The best way to start is to learn the recommended daily calorie intake for your age, weight, height, activity level, and gender. In other words, skip the fads and focus on proper nutrition.

Fiber: The Diet Workhorse


Many weight-loss programs emphasize the benefits of high-fiber foods, including legumes, whole grains, whole fruits, and veggies. Why the focus on fiber? Also known as 'roughage', fiber enables your body to function properly and fight disease - and it may even help keep you from overeating. High-fiber foods generally take longer to chew and digest, so you feel satisfied longer.

The Skinny on Fat

After years of telling us to stay away from fat, experts now say it's healthy to eat some. The caveat: It has to be the right kind. While it's still wise to reduce saturated fats and avoid trans fats altogether, incorporating good sources of fat ( think olive oil, nuts, and avocados ) into your diet has many health benefits. Still confused? Some simple tips can help distinguish the good from the bad.

Carbohydrates: Your Diet's Fuel


Low-carb or no-carb diets have been all the rage over the last decade. Yet according to experts, between 50 and 60 percent of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits, and beans are great sources of fiber and essential for your health. It's the simple carbs - refined starches and sugars - that can lead to weight gain.


The Power of Protein


Thinking of going the vegetarian route or trying a high-protein diet? Before you make a dietary switch, it's essential to understand the health effects of eating too little or too much protein. Too much protein - more than 35 percent of your total daily caloric intake - could promote osteoporosis; too little can reduce muscle mass, lower immunity, and weaken the heart.



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