Planning to Eat Smart

Food, glorious food! We've explored how nutrients function in human health. But it's the wide array of food, not nutrients, that entices most people to eat. The aromas, flavors, textures, and appearance of all kinds of food stimulate your appetite, satisfy your tastebuds, and give you the contented feeling that goes with a wonderful meal or a tasty snack.

These wise and flavorful decisions deliver much more, of course. The choices you make about food each day, along with physical activity, affect your health and how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.

You're ready to harness the power of healthy eating. But how? The Dietary Guidelines—summed up in chapter 1—describe "a healthy diet" this way:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Is handled and prepared to keep food safe.

Making healthful food choices has its own challenges: often lack of time, too much effort needed, and limited "know how." Sound familiar? The goal is to satisfy your hunger, appetite, and desire for certain foods, while ensuring that your meals and snacks have the food variety, balance, and moderation that help to maintain, and even improve, your health. The solution? Quick, simple, and convenient ways to eat smart for a healthier you, especially when you're short on time and energy.

The Complete Compendium Of Everything Related To Health And Wellness

The Complete Compendium Of Everything Related To Health And Wellness

A lot of us run through the day with so many responsibilities that we don't have even an instant to treat ourselves. Coping with deadlines at work, attending to the kids, replying to that demanding client we respond and react to the needs of other people. It's time to do a few merciful things to reward yourself and get your health in order.

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