Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active.
Healthy eating is a way of balancing the food you eat to keep your body in great health. With healthy eating, you’ll have energy all day, get the vitamins and minerals you need, stay strong for activities you enjoy, and maintain a healthy weight.
Below, you’ll find advice from MD Urgent Care’s Physicians that are designed to help you with healthy eating.
1. Don’t skip any meals Eating 3 meals with snacks in between is the ideal way to maintain both energy and a healthy weight. When you skip meals and get hungry, you’re more than likely to choose foods that aren’t very good for you.
If you are eating away from home, take food with you or know where you can buy healthy food from.
2. Learn about how to prepare foods Instead of deep-frying, try grilling, stir-frying, microwaving, baking, and even boiling. You should also try fresh or even dried herbs and spices to add flavour to your food. Before you eat any type of meat, be sure to trim the fat and skin off of it.
3. Avoid a lot of sugar Drinks that contain sugar are a major source of empty energy. What this means, is that the drinks contain a lot of energy that your body may not need, and it doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals. If you plan to drink sugary drinks, don’t go overboard – limit yourself to 1 a day.
4. Avoid thinking about diets There are no good food nor any bad foods. All food can be a part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. You don’t need to buy any low carb, fat-free, or even diet foods, as these foods normally have lots of other added ingredients to replace the carbohydrates or fat.
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