Healthy eating

Use the three steps below to begin your journey to Best Health.

1. Know this

Healthy eating is not a diet. It means making changes you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life. Diets are temporary. Because you give up so much when you diet, you may be hungry and think about food all the time.

Eating a healthy, balanced variety of foods is far more satisfying. And if you match that with more physical activity, you are more likely to get to a healthy weight— and stay there —than if you diet.

Healthy eating will help you get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It will help you feel your best and have plenty of energy. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems, such as:

2. Do this

Healthy 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.

  • Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group— grains, protein foods, vegetable and fruit, and dairy. Listen to your body.
  • Look for variety. Be adventurous. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.
  • Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating.

3. Use this

Check out the following Best Health offerings to help you eat healthy.

  • Healthy eating health coachingEnroll in free health coaching and work one-on-one with a Best Health Coach.
  • Online food log – Use the food log to understand how many calories you are consuming.
  • Online nutrition workshop – Learn more about establishing better eating habits in this six-week workshop.

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Source: Healthwise. Healthy Eating. Medical Reviewer: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O’Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator. ©1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Last Revised 1/25/13.