How To Make Healthier Choices
Measure Up Marion has specific information that can help you and your family eat healthy every day. Whether you’re cooking and eating at home, at a restaurant, a ballpark concession stand, or even the vending machine at work, Measure Up Marion offers facts and ideas to help you make healthier steps. What’s Your Step? Additional resources on how to make healthier choices can be found on websites sponsored by the U.S. government.
The newer MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein foods, and dairy groups in the amounts we should be eating for good health. ChooseMyPlate.gov provides good, clear information to help us eat healthier with better nutrition.
For all of us, a healthy lifestyle means making choices. Some of those choices are a balanced diet or healthy eating plan. Eating out less often helps save both money AND calories.
When eating out, check the restaurant’s menu for healthy choices. Many restaurants have menus online so you can choose before you go and resist the higher calorie items. Measure Up Marion has developed an app for your mobile device, making it easier to choose healthy restaurants, foods, and recipes. Find the app here.
Another helpful place to find information on eating out while being healthy is available from ChooseMyPlate.
How do you choose a healthy eating plan?
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we are to:
- eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy
- eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
- stay low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
- stay within your daily calorie count
For information from the CDC on keeping balance in your foods, including a video, click here.
Enjoy healthy eating!
Buy fresh — fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fresh meats — and fix them while they’re fresh. And if you’re worried about children not eating those veggies, have them help you buy them, prepare them and cook them.
If your child won’t eat vegetables the first, second or even third time they’re offered, try again. Children change their tastes over time. So if it doesn’t work at first, keep trying!
Change the way you prepare your food.
Instead of frying or breading your food, try grilling or baking it. Use different spices. Mix it up! Let your children help you decide what spices to add to the food. They are more likely to eat healthy if they help choose how they want that food prepared.
Don’t give up your favorite foods — totally.
A healthy life and lifestyle mean balance. Enjoy your food — even your favorite comfort food — but enjoy it in small amounts. You can eat mashed potatoes, but not a huge pile of them.