Healthcare Tip: Practice Healthy Eating

By December 12, 2012Health Tip

The foods you eat play a vital role in determining your health. Life long healthcare needs are influenced by the nutrition choices you make every day. Making balanced choices can help you feel more fit, energized, and aware. Proper eating can also decrease your risk of illness now and in the future. Lower cholesterol and blood pressure, building muscle, regulating blood sugar, and maintaining a balanced mood are just some of the reasons to consider your diet.

CLEAN Healthcare Tips:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are five main points to making sure you are eating healthy:

  1. Half of your grains should be whole grains.
  2. Vary your vegetables.
  3. Focus on fruit.
  4. Eat calcium-rich foods.
  5. Go lean with protein.

Grains:

Grains include any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain. Grains are divided into two subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Try switching to whole-wheat pastas or breads for an easy improvement.

Vegetables:

Vegetables provide vitamins and minerals that are low in calories and sugars. Vegetables are easy to prepare and pack for quick snacks throughout the day. Using colorful vegetables is an easy way to make sure you are eating the healthiest option.

Fruit:

Fruits are an important source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and folic acid. There are many ways to get your daily servings, making it convenient and easy to achieve. Fruits are juiced, fresh, frozen, dried, and canned. You can also mix them in with a main dish such as a salad or add them to a morning smoothie.

Calcium:

Also known as the dairy group, milk, cheese, and yogurt provide calcium, Vitamin D, and potassium essential to lifelong health. Low fat choices are the best way to get the benefits without adding additional fat and sodium to your diet unintentionally.

Protein:

There are many sources of protein in the average diet, and most Americans already eat more than they need. Meat, beans, eggs, seafood, nuts, and seeds are just a few examples. While monitoring your protein intake consider smaller portions of meat dishes, and check labels for added sodium and preservatives.