Good health begins with good nutrition

Posted by Diane Dressel, R.D.
May 14, 2014

Diane Dressel, R.D.

Good health starts with good nutrition. To set yourself up for success, think about a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than a single drastic change. If you approach these changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.

Keeping a healthy weight is important in many ways. Controlling your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are just a few of the benefits of keeping active and eating sensibly.

Lunch is a great place to save some serious calories. Instead of a tuna sandwich with mayonnaise and a side of potato chips (about 1,100 calories), try a baked potato loaded with veggies and sprinkled with a little cheese (about 250 calories). For dessert, choose a bowl of fruit with a tablespoon of fat-free whipped topping sprinkled with a little nutmeg on the top (150 calories) instead of a 3-ounce serving of cookies (375 calories). Do this just two times a week, and you’d save approximately 2,200 calories. That’s about three-quarters of a pound of body fat.

Every change made to improve your diet helps. You don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet. The long-term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. Don’t give up — every healthy food choice you make counts.

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