Eating healthy: 8 simple thumb rules

Eat HealthyOf all the ways and means available to us to stay healthy, perhaps the easiest one is to watch what we eat.

The US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition suggests the following 8 simple thumb rules for a healthy diet, and we couldn’t agree more:

  1. Add fruits and vegetables to your diet: Full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber
  2. Switch from a refined-grain food (e.g., white bread) to a whole-grain food (e.g., multi-grain bread)
  3. Use low-fat milk: It has fewer calories but the same amount of calcium as regular milk
  4. Choose lean protein foods: That includes meat, poultry, seafood, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds
  5. Choose lower-sodium versions of packed foods: Amount of sodium is mentioned on the labels
  6. Drink water, avoid sweet aerated drinks
  7. Have seafood: It has protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy fat)
  8. Avoid solid fats: Mostly found in cakes, cookies, desserts, pizza, processed fatty meats (e.g., hot dogs), and ice cream

What we like about this list is that it is easily doable, and you can start today. In addition to these, the Council members also give some handy tips based on their personal experience; read them all here >>


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