by Mitchelle Uzorka
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you’re wondering how to eat healthy—how, exactly, to fuel your body and mind with the nutrition you need to feel your best, take the tip (s) that speak to you, and add them to your very own one-of-a-kind healthy eating toolbox.
• Create a list of your values, then think about how well your relationship to food aligns with them.
• Intentionally include social and cultural connections in your food experiences.
• Focus on Real Food – We mean real food as opposed to processed food. Real food is fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans. Natural sweeteners, coffee, chocolate and wine count, too — just in moderation.
• Balance your Portion – Eat a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats at each meal and choose foods rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. A good way to do this is to fill your plate with 3–4 food groups at each meal. Eat a combination of protein-rich foods, whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and incorporate the groups you miss into other meals and snacks throughout the day.
• Make water your primary beverage – Water is the most natural beverage you can drink.
It does not contain additives, sugars, artificial sweeteners, or other questionable ingredients. Although in some areas, you may have to use bottled water, filter or boil it before consumption.
The idea is to consume foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.