Fuel for Your Body
You Are What You Eat
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is absolutely critical if you want to achieve true health. In fact, up to 80% of premature heart disease, stroke, even cancer, can be prevented through your life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active.
A healthy diet can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by:
- improving your cholesterol levels.
- reducing your blood pressure.
- helping you manage your body weight.
- controlling your blood sugar.
What Does a Healthy, Balanced Diet Look Like?
A healthy diet is made up mostly of whole or natural foods. We use the words whole and natural to refer to foods that have not been highly processed, and have existed in nature for thousands of years.
- Eating lots of vegetables.
- Avoiding SUGAR!
- Eating a variety of foods that provide protein.
- Avoid highly processed foods.
- Watch out for sugar-sweetened beverages.
Top 5 Tips From the Experts
- Prepare most of your meals at home using whole or minimally processed foods. Choose from a variety of different proteins to keep things interesting. Using catchy names for each day can help you plan. Try “Meatless Monday” with this meatless recipe.
- Make an eating plan each week – this is the key to fast, easy meal preparation.
- Choose recipes with plenty of vegetables. Your goal is to fill half your plate with vegetables, moderate your protein (meat), and increase your fat (olive oil, coconut oil). Choose brightly coloured vegetables each day, especially orange and dark green vegetables.
- Avoid sugary drinks and drink safe drinking water more often. Keep a reusable water bottle in your purse or car so you can fill up wherever you are going.
- Don’t be afraid to skip a meal - intermittent fasting is a great way to stimulate fat burning.