healthy eating habits

Healthy eating habits are still possible when you’re always on the go. Here’s some tips that are good to know!

1. Eat a good breakfast. When there isn't time to sit down and enjoy your morning meal, grab a bagel, piece of fruit, and some juice.

2. If you must eat fast foods, choose wisely. Choose pizza with half the cheese, a regular size roast beef sandwich, baked potato, or green salad with reduced calorie dressing. Limit high fat offering like french fries, fried chicken or fish sandwiches and watch out for salad dressing.

3. Keep healthful snacks on hand in case hunger strikes. Possibilities include fresh or dried fruit, pretzels, unbuttered popcorn, rice cakes or whole wheat crackers. Consider raw vegetables with low fat yogurt or cottage cheese dip. 4. Eat plenty of foods that are rich in calcium. If you don't like milk, try to include ample amounts of low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, and green leafy vegetables in your diet. 5. If you need to lose weight, do it sensibly. Starvation and/or diets that offer a quick fix usually backfire and are harmful. There is no truth to the theories that suggest eating foods in any particular combination will promote weight loss. The only safe way to lose weight, feel good while doing it, and keep it off is to eat a balanced diet.

6. Sugar provides calories in your diet but few other nutrients and it contributes significantly to tooth decay. Use it sparingly and consider sweetening coffee, tea, cereal and fruit with diet sweeteners instead.

7. That salad bar can be either an asset or a detriment to your diet depending on how you choose from it. Of course, leafy greens, raw vegetable and fresh fruit are beneficial. But if you choose lots of creamy dressing, bacon bits, and mayonnaise based salads, the calories and fat may equal or even exceed those of a burger and fries. Try dipping instead.

8. If you drink alcohol, keep in mind that it supplies calories but no nutritional value. A light beer, a glass of wine, or an ounce of liquor each has about 100 calories. There are also many health problems associated with drinking alcohol.

9. Drink lots of water. Your body needs at least eight glasses a day, and if you exercise vigorously, you may need more. To remind yourself, carry a water bottle along and keep it handy.

10. Remember, food is a lot more than nourishment for our bodies. Enjoy and savor it.

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