Want to move toward a healthier lifestyle? The best time to begin is right now. Here are some small changes that can make a big difference:
- Eat meat that’s been baked or broiled, and cook it without the skin. Avoid frying. Or, in lieu of meat, consider the benefits of lower-fat fish.
- When using dairy products like milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, and yogurt, use the low-fat version.
- Get your fruits and vegetables, both with meals and as snacks.
- Drink no- or low-calorie beverages, such as water or unsweetened tea.
- When eating away from home, watch out for larger portions and “hidden” fats, such as those in butter, margarine, sour cream, and salad dressings. Or instead of salad dressing, for a tasty treat on your salad, try salsa!
- Before buying, read the nutrition labels on foods.
Finally, when moving to that healthier lifestyle, set goals that you have a good chance of reaching, such as making one of the small changes listed above or walking more. Remember: balanced nutrition and regular exercise are good for your health, even if your weight never changes
March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. For more information on eating healthy visit www.eatright.org.