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Healthy Diet - Eat Healthy

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A healthy diet is essential if you want to keep your body nutritionally sound.

When I say diet, I don't necessarily mean eating to lose weight. That may be one of your goals and that is fine, but what if you are at your desired weight?

Does that mean you no longer need a healthy diet?

Of course not. We all need to eat healthy. We will discuss the different diets out there and try to offer some of their pros and cons. But the focus will be on providing you enough information so you can create a healthy diet that fits your lifestyle.

Every day you hear nutrition messages from the media and through information from advertisers who want you to buy their products. Some products are healthy, but others may be lacking in nutrients. It can be hard to sort it all out. What's important is to follow the basics: eat a healthy diet by choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Avoid fats, added sugars, and salt. Eat in moderation.

In the main type of heart disease, a fatty substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Over time, this buildup causes the arteries to narrow and harden. When this happens, the heart does not get all the blood it needs to work properly. The result can be chest pain or a heart attack.

Most cases of stroke occur when a blood vessel bringing blood to the brain becomes blocked. The underlying condition for this type of blockage is having fatty deposits lining the vessel walls.

Doesn't that make you want to eat a healthy diet?

The new food pyramid is a good place to begin. You don't want to eliminate carbohydrates or fats completely from your diet. Forget the fad diets. You need a combination of foods to get all the nutrients necessary to keep your body healthy. The food pyramid gives you an idea as to the amounts you need in these different areas.

  • Choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains.
  • Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Keep in mind that different foods contain different nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all the nutrients in the amounts you need.

Looking at the food pyramid, you can see that eating a variety of grains (especially whole grain foods), fruits, and vegetables is the basis of a healthy diet. Enjoy meals that have rice, pasta, tortillas, or whole grain bread at the center of the plate, accompanied by plenty of fruits and vegetables and a moderate amount of low-fat foods from the milk group and the meat and beans group. Go easy on foods high in fat or sugars.

That's the basis of healthy eating.

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