Read tips from a nutrition expert who believes "you are what you eat" and learn how to eat healthier and control cravings.
It is no secret that obesity and a lack of good nutrition plagues many Americans. With more than 66% of Americans obese and more than two-thirds of obese children destined to become obese adults – we must break the cycle, but where do we begin?
· Eat the rainbow! Not only do foods of varying colors pack a wealth of nutrition, they also look ever so enticing on the plate!
· Avoid processed foods.
· Take a list with you when you shop – with a mind to whole meals containing those fresh fruits and vegetables of varying colors as well as whole grains.
· Read package labels carefully.
· Inspect fruits and vegetables carefully for signs of spoilage, store them properly, and wash them immediately before using.
· Get locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables when possible, in order to maximize nutrition; decrease the risk of contamination and save money.
· Have fish at least twice weekly – it’s high in protein, low in calories and fat, and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
· Take time to enjoy your meals, eating slowly to decrease portion size and to help digestion.
Dr. Margaret Lewin is the Medical Direcor of Cinergy Health.
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