Ten hot tips for healthy eating
1. Eat a variety of nutrient rich foods. Breads, fruits and veggies, meat
and protein should all be equal parts in your diet so you can cover the 40-plus
nutrients you need to be healthy.
2. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Those food guides
weren’t lying — 6 to 11 servings of bread/cereal/pasta (make sure
to eat whole grains also), 2 to 4 servings of fruit and 3 to 5 of vegetables
will ensure a balanced diet.
3. Maintain a healthy weight. That’s right kids, you heard it here first — exercise
is good for you. A healthy and stable body weight will alleviate risks of high
blood pressure, diabetes and other problems such as osteoporosis.
4. Eat moderate portions. Supersizing every meal, whether it’s healthy
or not, is not always beneficial. Try to stay away from monstrous portions
of food; feeling sick after a meal is not a good thing.
5. Eat regular meals. As university students, it’s definitely hard to
conform to some sort of regular eating schedule, but make an effort to avoid
skipping meals or binging on snacks.
6. Reduce, don’t eliminate, certain foods. While no-carb diets are all
the rage, it’s more beneficial to simply reduce the amount of foods that
are your “guilty pleasures,” such as those high in fat, salt, sugar
7. Balance your food choices over time. If you’re eating one item high
in salt, pair it with something that isn’t. Also, you can make up for
missed servings in food groups the next day. Try and plan your food choices
over several days.
8. Know your diet pitfalls. Write down everything you eat for three days and
assess what it is that you can cut down on, such as excessive butter or creamy
sauces or candy. Don’t eliminate these items, just reduce them.
9. Make changes gradually. It’s easier to adapt to healthy eating styles,
if you make the changes gradually and not overnight. Making changes too quickly
will reduce your success levels.
10. Remember, foods are not good or bad. Don’t feel guilty if you like
ice cream or potato chips, just moderate your intake of these foods and balance
them with healthier choices.
—from the American Dietetic Association & the International Food
Information Council Foundation