Some basic questions on changing your health
Friday 1st October
I just found these two questions on http://www.healthcaremagic.com/articles/Nutrition-tips-for-Improving-Your-Health/226 and thought they were great!! Have a read:
Won't it be hard to change my eating habits?
Probably, but even very small changes can improve your health considerably. The key is to keep trying to eat the right foods and stay in touch with your doctor and nutritionist, to let them know how you're doing. Here are a few suggestions to help you improve your eating habits:
- Find the strong points and weak points in your current diet. Do you eat 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Do you eat whole-grain, high-fiber foods regularly? If so, good! You're on the right track. Keep it up. If not, you can learn the changes you need to make.
- Make small, slow changes, instead of trying to make large, fast changes. Small changes will be easier to make and stick with.
- Keep track of your food intake by writing down what you eat and drink every day. Use this record to help you see if you need to eat more from any food groups, such as fruits, vegetables or dairy products.
- Think about asking for help from a nutritionist if you haven't already done so -- especially if you have a medical problem that requires you to follow a special diet.
What changes can I make now in my diet?
Almost everyone can benefit from cutting back on fat. If you currently eat a lot of fat, try just one or two of the following changes:
- If you eat meat, eat it baked, grilled and broiled rather than fried. Take the skin off before eating chicken. Eat fish at least once a week.
- Cut back on extra fat, such as butter or margarine on bread, sour cream on baked potatoes, and salad dressings.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables with your meals and as snacks.
- When eating away from home, watch out for "hidden" fats (such as that in salad dressing and desserts) and larger portion sizes.
- Read the nutrition labels on foods before you buy them. If you need help reading the labels, ask your doctor or your nutritionist.
- Drink no- or low-calorie beverages, such as water, unsweetened tea and diet soda.
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