We all know how important it is to select healthy foods for ourselves and our families. Still, a study by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) found that more than half of us admit that we are not doing all we can to eat healthfully.
The ADA offers these easy-to-follow recommendations for beginning to incorporate a variety of healthy foods in your daily diet:
- Make a plan for change. Divide big goals, such as "I will eat better," into smaller, more specific goals, such as "I will eat more vegetables."
- Change doesn't always mean eliminating a food or food habit. Make gradual changes. For example, try one new fruit or vegetable a week. Small steps toward reaching a goal add up over time!
- Focus more on moderation and balance. Learn portion sizes. They are often smaller than you think.
We at ParentsPlace.com hope that the following information encourages you to include healthier eating in your lifestyle.
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For More Infomation
Please visit the extensive archive of ParentsPlace.com's online nutritionist, Sue Gilbert, for additional information.
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