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Healthy Habits: Eating the right way, every day

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 07:26 AM

Eating the right way every day can be challenging, but there are steps that we can take to ensure we are eating the healthiest way possible. Changing your shopping habits and watching your portion sizes are ways to ensure success every day.

From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute the follow­ing tips will help you reach your goa l s: Changing your shopping habits


* Eat before grocery shopping

* Make a grocery list before you shop

* Choose a checkout line without a candy display Watching your portion sizes

* Share an entree with someone

* If entrees are large, choose an appetizer or side dish

* Don’t serve seconds

* Share dessert, or choose fruit i n stead

* Eat sweet foods in small a mou nts

* Eat off smaller plates

* Skip buffets Changing your eating habits

* Keep to a regular eating sched­u le

* Eat together as a family most days of the week

* Eat before you get too hungry

* Make sure every family member eats breakfast every day

* Drink water before a meal

* Stop eating when you’re full

* Don’t eat late at night

* Try a green salad instead of fries

* Ask for salad dressing “on the side”

* Serve water or low-fat milk at meals, instead of soda or other sug­ary drinks

* Instead of eating out, bring a healthy, low-calorie lunch to work and pack a healthy “brown bag” for your kids

* Provide fruits and vegetables for snacks For more tips, visit www.nhlbi. nih.gov. Good luck on your journey to healthy eating habits!

Healthy Habits 2013 is a part­nership among Cabell Hunting­ton Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medi­cine and St. Mary’s Medical Cen­ter. We are a community working together to improve our health. Our goal is a simple one: to inform and encourage area residents on ways to improve their health. Join our conversation and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ hea lt hyh abits2 01 3.

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