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How to eat healthier every day

Lativia Jones Bolarinwa is a freelance writer who lives in North Carolina with her husband. Besides writing, she enjoys dance, website design and watching movies.

Make healthier food choices

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Whether you are trying to shed a bit of extra weight, just want to eat healthier or want to teach you family the importance of healthy eating and food choice--the best thing you can do is become more food savvy. Being conscious and aware of what you are munching on, your eating habits and the “healthy” snacks you think you are eating will help your on your way to weight loss, healthy eating and feeling better. But if you feel overwhelmed with all the food choices, contradictions and myths about "health foods," don't fret--we have the ins and outs of healthy eating that will help you on your way to achieving your goals.

Make healthier food choices


By the time lunch rolls around, if you are slaving away at work, school or with the kids, dining on fast food or some type of lean or low-fat microwavable food may seem like the most convenient choice.

Going to a fast-food restaurant is not necessarily the worst food choice--many national restaurant chains have their nutrition facts posted at the counter and many publish nutrition facts online for you to download. Do a little research before you head to the drive-thru and choose the fast foods with the healthiest profiles.

Lean microwavable foods offer convenience as well as a label that makes you think healthy, but they are typically very high in sodium. While the calories and fat content tend to be lower with foods like Lean Cuisine and Lean Pockets, one serving may contain up to 30 per cent or more of the recommended daily sodium intake of 2400 milligrams--in one meal.

Dr. Marci K Campbell, a Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, suggests looking for microwavable meals higher in protein and with less than 500 milligrams of sodium per serving. She cautions, "If the product contains less than 10 grams of protein it probably won't fill you up or feel like a meal."

Sometimes the lunch convenience factor is more important than choosing the healthiest option -- which would be to take the time to make a lunch that is healthy--but requesting nutrition facts from your favourite restaurants and reading nutrition labels are a great strategy for healthy midday eating.

Next: ending your day with a healthy dinner

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