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What is a healthy diet?

This is a great video. Cambria Joy is a home fitness workout instructor and has a loyal YouTube following (including me!) Joy is definitely not the only home workout instructor, but what sets her apart is she is not pretentious or judgmental.  You know that feeling you get when you are doing a particularly difficult work out, and an instructor says, "come on, you can do it!" but their attitude is like, "but if you can't, maybe you shouldn't be watching this video!" Cambria is a well educated, practical instructor. She just seems down to earth and real. 

 

According to Cambria, eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important.

 

The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel.

 

By using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create—and stick to—a tasty, varied, and nutritious diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.

Changing Your Eating Habits

 

The food you eat can affect your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. You also may need to change some things in your environment. Your environment includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work.

 

You don't need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And you don't have to change your habits all at the same time. It's best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

 

This information will help you make useful changes for healthy eating.

  • Changing your eating habits and your environment can help you eat healthier foods.

  • A healthy diet is good for your overall health. It also can help you reach a healthy weight and stay there.

  • To improve your eating habits, it's best to make small lifestyle changes that you can keep doing over time.

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To eat a healthy diet, you may need to make some changes. Remember that you can change your eating habits a little bit at a time. Small changes are easier to make and can lead to better health.

Here are some ways to make healthy changes in your eating habits:

  • Keep more fruits, low-fat dairy products (low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt), vegetables, and whole-grain foods at home and at work. Focus on adding healthy food to your diet, rather than just taking unhealthy foods away.

  • Try to eat a family meal every day at the kitchen or dining table. This will help you focus on eating healthy meals.

  • Buy a healthy-recipe book, and cook for yourself. Chew gum when you cook so you won't be tempted to snack on the ingredients.

  • Pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work. This lets you have more control over what you eat.

  • Put your snacks on a plate instead of eating from the package. This helps you control how much you eat.

  • Don't skip or delay meals, and be sure to schedule your snacks. If you ignore your feelings of hunger, you may end up eating too much or choosing an unhealthy snack. If you often feel too hungry, it can cause you to focus a lot on food.

  • Eat your meals with others when you can. Relax and enjoy your meals, and don't eat too fast. Try to make healthy eating a pleasure, not a chore.

  • Drink water instead of high-sugar drinks (including high-sugar juice drinks).

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