Simple Changes for Life-Long Health

Looking to build healthier habits? Remember, you don’t have to change everything all at once. Start with small steps that you can feel good about.

  1. Add nutrient-rich foods. Instead of thinking about what not to eat, think about the things you can add to your diet. Strive to incorporate more greens and colorful veggies into your meals.
  2. Eat closer to nature. Concentrate on whole foods in their natural forms, such as fruits and vegetables. If it looks like it did when it grew from the earth, that's your cue that it's a healthier choice.
  3. Go for whole grains. Instead of reaching for regular pasta or white bread, look for varieties made with 100% whole grain flour. Better yet, fill your belly with whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa or barley.
  4. Find alternatives to oil. Believe it or not, you don't need added oils to make the foods you love. You can steam fry those onions and replace the oil in those muffins with applesauce.
  5. Reorganize your plate. Think of lean meat and fish as flavor boosters instead of the main event. Put beans, whole grains and veggies in the spotlight, and keep servings of meat and fish at 3 ounces or less (that’s about the size of a deck of playing cards).

Hungry for more? Check out our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating.