Make Healthy Eating and Exercise Part of Your
- Carbohydrates are good. Carbohydrates are bad. You should eat more protein.
You should eat less protein. The less fat you have in your diet, the better.
Your body needs a certain amount of fat to function properly. You need to
exercise for 30 minutes a day; now the experts recommend 60 minutes.
What will it be next? It seems like the guidelines for a healthy diet
and lifestyle change daily. It can be hard to keep up with the latest
theories and even harder to know who to believe in light of conflicting
One nutrition fact you can always be sure of is that fruits and vegetables
are a tasty and healthy part of any diet. They are a great way to reduce
your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.
A Web site created by the Produce Marketing Association and the Produce
for Better Health Foundation can help you learn more about fresh fruits
and vegetables -- from selecting them at the store to storing them at
home. Located at www.aboutproduce.com, the site also provides you with
free healthy recipes and ideas for fitting produce and exercise into your
daily routine, such as:
- Add a serving
of fruit with breakfast to start your day off in a healthy way.
- Park your
car further away from the grocery store or the mall and walk. Get off the
bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way to work.
- Choose 100%
fruit and vegetable juice for a refreshing break after your next workout.
Eating 5 A Day helps replenish vitamins and nutrients the body uses throughout
- Take the
stairs at the office -- instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Put some
produce into your lunch with either a salad, some fruit, or 100% juice.
- All exercise
counts, even if you don't do it all at once. Break up your workout and make
it easier to fit exercise into your schedule by taking three shorter walks
each day instead of one long one.
- During the
day, select fruits and vegetables for snacks full of vitamins, nutrients,
and good taste.
Consider that a recently released study by the Institute of Medicine established
new ranges for daily intake of fat, carbohydrates, protein, and daily exercise
limits. It also made the important distinction between natural sugars (found
in fruit) and added sugars (incorporated into foods during production). The
next time you're hungry after a workout, reach for an apple or banana instead
of a candy bar.
Fruits and vegetables provide a tasty, low-fat, low-sodium snack and are
high in vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and fiber. They're also quick and easy
to prepare and eat on the road or at home.
So the next time you're in a quandary about healthy food choices, just remember:
You can't go wrong with fruits and vegetables.
For recipes, nutrition information and tips on buying and storing produce,
visit www.aboutproduce.com. Sign up for the free e-mail recipe club and you'll
receive a new weekly idea for healthy meals.
Courtesy of ARA Content