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Wellness Wisdom
I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom. Eating healthy can be easy, tasty and inexpensive if you stick to some simple guidelines. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern. Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier: include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, fish and skinless poultry, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, and healthier fats and non-tropical oils. Select leaner cuts of meats. Limit sweets and added sugars, sodium, saturated fat, and fatty or processed meats. Avoid trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils.
Additional Tips:
Read labels. Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
Watch your calories. To maintain a healthy weight, eat only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, take in fewer calories or burn more calories.
Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served when eating out.
Don’t dismiss entire food groups. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
Cook and eat at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients and preparation methods.
Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern.
Best wishes on making small changes that will last a lifetime!
Source used: American Heart Association

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