Though many of these diets contain healthy, nutritious foods and can be helpful tools when we make choices regarding what we eat, research is beginning to show that maintaining a healthy diet is much simpler than these programs make it out to be. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’d like to provide you will some simple and easy ways you can eat for your health.
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies: Even though many diets contradict each other on a number of topics, they all seem to be in agreement on one thing - the more fruits and vegetables, the better. If you grew up on meatloaf and mashed potatoes, it may be hard to become accustomed to filling 2/3 of your plate or more with fruits and veggies. However, this is exactly what is recommended by The National Institute on Aging, as well as The American Institute for Cancer Research in their guide, “Nutrition After 50.”
- 3 ounces of meat or poultry = a deck of cards
- 1–1 1/2 ounces of hard cheese = four dice
- 2 tbsp. of cream cheese = a golf ball
- 1 c. of salad or cooked vegetables = a baseball
- 3 ounces grilled/baked fish = checkbook