• November 5, 2014
  • Katlin Owens

Today is National Eating Healthy Day!


Every November 5th, the American Heart Association celebrates National Eating Healthy Day. This is a day on which we are reminded of all the healthy habits we should be paying attention to on a daily basis.

We all lead busy lives and at times we’re guilty of sacrificing healthy eating habits to purely convenient ones. National Eating Healthy Day is the perfect time to take a good hard look at the foods we consume and how a few simple changes can be the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

To achieve this, education is key. Start by learning exactly how many calories you should be consuming daily to maintain your current weight. You can easily calculate your recommended intake by clicking here. Next, keep a chart that lists caloric content for the foods you plan to eat. See to it that you don’t eat more calories than you burn each day.

Ask yourself, “Why am I eating this?” The answer shouldn’t be simply to fill up. Even though you’re eating plenty of food, you may not be giving your body the nutrients it needs. Eating nutrient-rich foods that contain vitamins, minerals and fiber can help control weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

This may seem difficult - almost overwhelming even - when you’re on the road. Here are a few simple suggestions to help you along the path to better food choices:

1)   Steer clear of vending machines when you make a pit stop. Instead of salty chips, candy bars, sweetened beverages or carb-laden snack pastries, carry a cooler along with you packed with fruit, veggies and whole grain snacks.

2)   Before ordering in a restaurant, check the menu for nutrition information and healthy options. A chef salad with fresh vegetables, cheese and lean meats provides a variety of nutrients while avoiding hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats. Also, choose your dressing wisely and always ask for it on the side.

3)   “Snacking” isn’t a dirty word when done in moderation. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of fruits, fresh, dried or unsweetened canned. Need something a bit more substantial? Whole-grain breads or bagels, sunflower seeds, nuts, and low-fat cheese are satisfying and delicious. Wash it all down with water, fat-free milk, low-sodium vegetable juice or any unsweetened fruit juices.

4)   Finally, try for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a minimum of every other day — every day if possible. We have some excellent resources for activity ideas in past blog posts.

Remember, there is one thing you can always take on the road with you — your willpower. 


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