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How to Start Eating Healthier

15 Simple Ways to Eat Better Today


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  • I am a type 2 diabetic just recently diagnosed.(June this year)so I would be grateful for any tips and advice please.... Thank you
  • I think I eat pretty healthy - for along time -- but the struggle for me becomes the portion control -- and I do weigh and measure, estimate -- and still struggle with the temptation to overeat healthy foods!
  • I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of making small, simple changes that are easy to sustain as healthful habits, there are a few of the suggestions here that don't make sense to me.

    While eating white meat from poultry does save you calories when compared to dark meat, or pork, or beef, it also gives you far less vitamins and minerals (B12, zinc, iron, etc.) so having a balance of different options throughout the week is more healthful than having just the lowest calorie option all of the time.

    While choosing fish is a great option, the lower calorie choices (cod, tilapia, other white fish) don't have very much in the way of those healthful omega-3's that are touted here. You need to go to the higher calorie, fatty fish (salmon, halibut, mackerel) to get good quantities of the fatty acids. Again, the healthier choice is not about choosing the lowest calorie option.

    Current information is really putting in to doubt the idea of going to lower fat dairy, and it appears that the full-fat versions of milk and cheese are not just tastier, but healthier and more satisfying as well. Again - the healthier choice is not about forcing yourself to change to the lowest calorie option.

    Finally, I really dislike the common advice to use smaller sized plates to "fool your brain". Use a big plate, fill 3/4 of it with an assortment of vegetables and fruits (I often have 5 or more "servings" of vegetables in a single meal), try to fit the protein on to that last 1/4 of the plate, and there will be no "fooling" required since you really will be full and satisfied with healthful foods.
  • My old man used to insist his "brown" bread was SO MUCH better for him than the white bread this was back in the day when they used to just add ,molasses to it to make it brown. Sad really.
  • -MANTHA-
    Great Suggestions!! Thank you!
  • Great ideas! I like all of them EXCEPT - eating low-fat or (God forbid!) fat-free cheese. Being a cheesehead, there is just NO comparison, sorry. I'd rather have a little bit of real cheese on occasion.
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  • Is this article outdated? Recently, medical professionals reported that saturated fats do not have a negative impact on your health.
  • I do do the dip the fork in the dressing before taking a bite of the salad thing. It does make a huge difference. I get the taste of the dressing on my lips and tongue, without taking in extra calories. I have lost 137 lbs. so far and I know the future will be great. It's little changes or habits that need to be broken that will get me there. I wish everyone great success.
  • Thanks. Small changes I can do
  • I can get behind most of these, but the "dip your fork into your sauce and then into your food" seems a little too obsessed/hysterical. Just portion out the amount of sauce you allotted calories for, then you won't get too many calories no matter how you dip.
  • I am so pleased to be able to say that I have implemented all of these steps. Everyone last one, over a period of 3.5 years!
  • 03191952
    Read comments, very informative today.
  • Most of these are great changes to make but....I'm afraid I just can't do skim milk. It's basically cloudy water and tastes about the same. I was raised on 2% and I can do 1% with no problem, though it "tastes funny" by comparison, it's not bad....but skim is just gut-wrenching for me.

    Add in the fact that my mom, boyfriend, etc. all prefer 2% and it becomes fiscally unreasonable to make any huge changes in the milk department. With the rising price of milk these days, buying separate types for different people within a household just doesn't make sense.

    ...I'm also a bit nervous about trying to start "snacking" on nuts. Nuts add up quickly, and only a couple of them just makes me hungrier and I think I'd just go overboard on them.

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