Tuesday, January 5, 2010

4 weeks to eating healthy

Week 1: Add a fruit and vegetable
Work your way up to eating a fruit or vegetable at every meal for at least 5 servings a day. Start by adding fruit to your cereal and having a side salad at lunch. These foods fill you up for minimal calories and have disease fighting nutrients. Generally, the more color the more nutrient dense they are.

Week 2: Add the flavor
Try a new herb or spice at every meal. You'll need less salt, sugar and fat. They're also a source of antioxidants.

Week 3: Switch to lowfat dairy
Lowfat milk has 9 essential nutrients including calcium, vitamin d, phosphorus and protein.

Week 4: Eat for energy
Every 3 to 5 hours or 3 meals plus 2 snacks. Make sure to have a combination of proteins and carbs. This balance keeps your metabolism high so you'll burn more calories and keep you appetite in check. The right snacks have a small amount of fat and calories.

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