Nutrition tips for healthy eating

Why does healthy eating seem so complicated? On a regular basis, you may be inundated with conflicting diet advice and nutrition misconceptions. Eating healthy doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Here, you’ll find some guidance on ways that may effectively cut calories, tips on mindful eating and helpful suggestions on how to spend less on healthy foods.

What is a healthy diet?

Healthy eating is about balance. Following a healthy diet may improve your mood, may give you more energy and might feed your body good nutrients. According to the CDC, a healthy eating plan:1

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains
  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

You can enjoy your favorite comfort foods in moderation — even foods that might feel decadent, like desserts. However, the key may be to eat them only occasionally and balance them with healthy foods and physical activity.1

What are dietary guidelines?

Have you ever wondered how many fruits, vegetables and grain-based foods you should eat per day? Are you curious what a healthy eating pattern might include? Luckily, there are guidelines that are updated every year that are intended to help you understand healthy options (and why they’re healthy).

What are some calorie-cutting tips?

In order to lose weight, you may need to burn more calories than you take in. How do you cut calories from your diet, though, without feeling like may be missing out? Here’s a second tip: You may be able to make a change by rethinking how you eat.

What is mindful eating?

What you eat may be nearly as important as how you eat. Mindful eating is not a diet. It’s about slowing down and becoming aware of how you experience food.

Why am I so tired? How can I feel more energetic?

Instead of fueling up on coffee in the morning or eating a sugary snack mid-day, try this 4-week plan and recharge the natural way.

What is the Mediterranean diet meal plan?

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to improved heart health and is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help prevent chronic disease.2 See why this style of eating may be so popular in the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Spain, France and Italy—and why so many Americans may be falling in love with it, too.

How can I eat healthy on a budget?

With a little planning and creativity, you might be able to work healthier foods into your diet. See how you can save money by creating weekly menus and shopping a little differently, too.

Footnotes

  1. Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight | cdc.gov
  2. Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan | mayoclinic.org