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1, Aug 21, 2012

Six simple ways to smarter, healthier eating

Filed under: Healthy diet — admin @ 12:23 am

This is from Harvard medical school that I read on 8/11/2012.  The article offers six ways to combine nutritional science, a jolt of common sense, and pure enjoyment.

1) Ditch whole milk. Not only does this reduce saturated fat in your diet, it shaves off calories. Switch to 1% or nonfat milk, and nonfat versions of other dairy products like yogurt and ice cream. Can’t bear to go cold turkey? Step down more slowly to 2% milk, then 1% en route to nonfat, if possible.

2) Harness the power of nuts (and seeds) Almonds, cashews, filberts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, and pistachios pack plenty of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Although many nuts are high in fat, the fat is mainly unsaturated – a healthy choice.

3) Taste food before you salt it. For two days, don’t put any salt on your food at all. A short break can help reset your taste buds. Then, leave the salt shaker in the cabinet, so it becomes a bit of an effort to reach for it. Make a ritual out of truly tasting your food before you decide if it needs tweaking.

4) Pack lunch at least once a week. You can make sure that you’re not supersizing your meal. Plus, it saves you money.

5) Eat five (or more) vegetables and fruits a day. It’s a nutrient-packed way to fill your plate that is generally low in calories.

6) Plan meals that are delightful, delicious and healthy.

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