Healthy eating means
eating a variety of foods so that you get all
the nutrients you need. Your body needs protein, carbohydrate, and fats for
energy. They keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles
Eating a well-balanced diet will help
you feel your best and give you plenty of energy for
school, work, sports, or play. And it will help you reach and stay at
a healthy weight.
Along with giving you nutrients
and energy, healthy foods also can give you pleasure. They
can taste great and be good for you at the same time.
eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding more fresh fruits,
vegetables, and whole grains and cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat,
salt, and sugar.
You may be surprised at how easy it can be
to eat healthy foods and how good it will make you feel. Healthy
eating is not a diet. It means making changes you can live with and enjoy for
the rest of your life.
Healthy eating is about
balance, variety, and moderation.
Aim for balance
Having a well-balanced diet means that you eat
enough, but not too much, and that food gives you the nutrients you need to
stay healthy. So listen to your body. Eat when you're
hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.
days, try to eat from each food group. This
means eating a variety of:
Look for variety
adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. For example, don't
reach for an apple every time you choose a fruit. Eating a variety of foods
each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.
Don't have too much or too
little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy
eating. Even sweets can be okay.
If your favourite foods are high in
fat, salt, sugar, or calories, limit how often you eat them. Eat smaller
servings, or look for healthy substitutes.
It can be hard to make healthy eating a
habit, especially when fast food, vending-machine snacks, and
processed foods are so easy to find. But it may be easier than you
Think about some small changes you can make.
You don't have to change everything
Here are some simple things you can do to get
more of the healthy foods you need in your diet.
You can also make healthy choices when eating
out, even at fast-food restaurants. When eating out, try:
It's also a good idea to have healthy
snacks ready for when you get hungry. Keep healthy snacks with you at
school or work, in your car, and at home. If you have a
healthy snack easily available, you'll be less likely to pick a candy bar or
bag of chips from a vending machine instead.
snacks you might want to keep on hand are fruit, low-fat yogurt,
string cheese, low-fat microwave popcorn, raisins and other dried fruit,
nuts, whole wheat crackers, pretzels, carrots,
celery sticks, and broccoli.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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