Eat Your Way To A Healthy Life
Being healthy means more than just cutting calories and losing weight. It means reading labels, choosing healthy ingredients and making smart decisions both in and out of the kitchen.
A healthier diet, coupled with an exercise program, can help you lead a longer, healthier life.
Below are some simple tips you can follow to eat your way to a healthy life.
Healthy cooking tips
• Look for healthy substitutes. Instead of using sugar, how about trying a no-calorie sweetener or instead of eggs, try using just egg whites or egg substitute products.
• Eat more fish. Fish such as salmon and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart healthy.
• Stick to using whole wheat breads. If you like the taste of white bread, look for varieties made with wheat.
• Cut down on the use of oil. Try cooking in liquids such as stock or wine instead of oil. Switch to non-stick cookware to avoid using oil.
• Instead of frying meat, try alternative cooking methods such as baking, broiling or roasting.
• Trim any visible fat from meat.
• Use herbs and spices as low-fat, low-sodium flavor enhancers.
Tips for eating out
• Look for healthier dessert alternatives such as fresh fruit, sherbet or gelatin.
• Opt for healthier sides. Instead of french fries, choose a salad or a baked potato.
• Request that all sauces and salad dressings be served on the side. That way you can control just how much is being added to your food.
• Choose the restaurant before you head out. Look online at menus or call ahead to see if there are healthy options available.
• Today’s restaurants serve very large portions. As soon as you get your meal, put some aside to take home.
• Be a smart shopper and don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. Create a detailed shopping list and buy only what you need.
• When buying meat or poultry, look for lean, skinless varieties.
• Choose low-fat versions of items such as cheese and milk if it is available.
• Slow down when you eat. You are less likely to overeat if you eat slowly.
• Read the labels. Find out what’s in the food you’re eating and what constitutes a serving size.
• Variety is key. By eating foods from different food groups, you have a better chance to get all the nutrients and vitamins you need.
For more healthy lifestyle tips, visit the Mayor’s Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Web Site.
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