Simplifying eating healthy

Mohammad Hakim, News Reporter

Eating healthy is not always easy, but committing to a healthy diet can be one of the smartest decisions a person ever makes. Why? Not only can eating well make a person look and feel better, it can also save some money on future health costs.

But even if a person intends to “eat healthy,” knowing exactly what that means can be difficult. “Following a healthy diet includes choosing plenty of lean meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, whole grain and dairy products,” says Debra Nessel, a registered dietitian with Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California.Eating well also means leaving out or only rarely consuming foods that are high in added sugar, saturated fat and sodium. That includes most fast food, full-calorie sodas, processed snacks like chips and crackers, and anything with more milligrams of sodium than there are calories in a serving.

It is important to eat healthy foods because it leads to a better lifestyle. Eating healthier improves a person’s health and the way that they feel. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans fats with healthy fats such as switching fried chicken for grilled fish will make a positive difference to your health.

Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients.
Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email