Celebrating National Healthy Eating Day

Celebrating National Healthy Eating Day

Nov 7, 2012 1:15 PM

 

We’re Celebrating the American Heart Association’s National Eating Healthy Day. It’s the 4th annual event encouraging everyone to eat healthy. Food is an important part of our lives, but many of our favorites are high in sugar and fat. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s especially easy for our normal eating patterns to take a backseat at this time of year.  Here are a few things to remember all year long to stay healthy and still enjoy our favorite treats.

Choose Well

You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs. Grain products, vegetables, fruits, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and fish all have a place in a healthy diet.

  • Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber- and they’re low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.
  • Unrefined whole-grain foods contain fiber can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full.
  • Eat fish at least twice a week. Recent research shows eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.

Eat Less of the Nutrient-Poor Foods

Your age and physical activity level will help determine the right amount of calories you should eat each day. Limit your intake of foods and beverages high in calories but low in nutrients. Limit your consumption of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium. Read labels carefully. Become familiar with the nutrients of your favorite foods. You might be surprised what you might find.

Keeping Your Balance This Holiday Season

Allow yourself to enjoy some of your favorite treats, but use a bit of restraint. At the same time, be sure you are getting enough of the nutritional foods your body needs- balanced meals with lots of fruits and veggies. When possible, choose fruits and vegetables over high-fat and high-sugar holiday foods. 

American Heart Association’s 2012 National Healthy Eating Day

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