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The food you eat can affect your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. You also may need to change some things in your environment. Your environment includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work.
You don't need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And you don't have to change your habits all at the same time. It's best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.
This information will help you make useful changes for healthy eating.
Every day you make choices about what you eat and how much you eat. Think about how your daily routine and your environment affect these choices. Do you tend to skip meals when you get busy? Do you eat out a lot?
Habits like these can trigger unhealthy eating. But there are things you can do to avoid unhealthy eating.
Whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy, vegetables, and fruits are healthy foods to include in your meals.
Whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy, vegetables, and fruits should be part of your regular meal plan. Keep plenty of these foods at home, and add them to your shopping list. This way, you can make healthy eating a habit.
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Eating healthy foods is good for your overall health. With a healthy diet, your body can get the nutrients it needs to stay strong and work well. And you lower your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and other health problems.
A healthy diet is important no matter what size you are. You can improve your health by eating foods that are good for you no matter what you weigh.
The main benefit to healthy eating is looking thin.
Improving your diet is good for your overall health. You can lower your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and other health problems. A healthy diet is important for your health no matter what size you are.
Continue to How?
To eat a healthy diet, you may need to make some changes. Remember that you can change your eating habits a little bit at a time. Small changes are easier to make and can lead to better health.
Here are some ways to make healthy changes in your eating habits:
Skipping or delaying a meal can lead to eating too much.
Skipping or delaying a meal can make you very hungry. You will be more likely to eat too much or choose an unhealthy snack later. Schedule your meals and snacks so that you don't get too hungry.
Continue to Where?
Now that you have read this information, you are ready to make changes for healthy eating.
For more information, see the topic Healthy Eating.
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Last Revised: January 25, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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