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Here’s To Your Health! Healthy eating emphasizes whole grains, lean protein, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables, while avoiding artificial colorings, f lavorings, preservatives, overly processed foods and unhealthy cooking techniques like frying. Once you begin healthy eating you will soon lose your taste for rich, fatty and salty foods. If you establish a healthy eating pattern at home, it will benefit the entire family. Remember, it’s the foods you eat on a daily basis, not the splurges, that help to determine the state of your health. There are many demands on our time, so it is tempting to rely on convenience foods, but these overprocessed, nutrient-poor foods lead to less energy and more health problems. By making more meals from scratch, you will soon find it becomes quicker and easier. For example, if you poach a chicken for dinner, save the broth for soup or another meal and use the leftover cold chicken in a salad for lunch

the next day. On busy days you can make simpler dishes like a stir fry with the chicken and assortment of fresh vegetables. Healthy eating begins with the choices you make at the grocery store. Choose foods that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals and are rich in antioxidants that protect against many diseases. Studies show that low fiber intake is associated with higher incidence of colon cancer and coronary artery disease. Here are some hints for your grocery list: 55

January 2015 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times January 2015

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