What does healthy eating
mean? Again, I think it depends upon who we talk to, or what
expert we're listening to. Most people assume upon meeting
me that I eat healthy, and I recently stopped for moment to
ask myself, do I? Well, I like to think that I do, which is
to eat healthy on a regular basis as a way of life. But it
does not mean that I eat only healthy foods, or that I only
eat something unhealthy once a year (that wouldn't be fun!).
But I do try to keep the foundation of my eating healthy on
a daily basis with some (and some spur of the moment)
unhealthy choices in between!
If you've been reading my tips you'll know that I like to
recommend eating often, eating a variety of foods from all
our food groups, eating breakfast, and combining small
amounts of protein with our carbohydrate
foods. I call these
some of our "tools" of eating for health, energy
and weight loss. But let's take a closer look at what would
be considered healthy eating habits by most experts without
a gimmick (sorry!). Also, If we spend a little more time on
what we should add to our diet, rather than what we should
cut out, I believe we might find ourselves eating healthier
So, are we:
at least 3 different fruits per day?
Eating at least 3-5 different vegetables per day
(including dark green leafy, cruciferous, and a variety of
Eating a meal that is totally vegetarian once a week?
Eating fish versus red meat or poultry at least twice per
Eating or drinking a low-fat dairy product such as yogurt
or milk 2 -3 times per day?
Eating whole grain products products instead of white flour
products (this includes high fiber cereals versus sugar
pops, brown rice instead of white, etc.) more often than
not, almost everyday?
Eating a nutrient dense snack instead of a low nutrient
high calorie snack ( popcorn versus M&M's for instance)
more than 50% of the time?
Substituting a low-fat alternative for a high fat (
jelly versus butter, or chicken stock versus oil in cooking)
method of cooking or as a condiment more than 50% of the
Are we using healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive oil
vs. butter when we do use fat to cook?
we remember to apply some healthy eating tools most of the
time, then maybe we can enjoy our other choices some of the
time, not feel guilty and be on our way to eating healthy!
Are we eating healthy yet?