Post a photo of your healthy plate on social media with #AHAmyhealthyplate
If a long-term commitment to healthy eating seems too tough to swallow, then start with a taste test. National Eating Healthy Day, November 6, is a great time to take a step toward healthier eating and some of your choices on this day just may stick. If you devote one day to healthy eating, it will give you confidence to devote another day and another day…..
One healthy behavior that can prevent over-eating and promote a balanced diet is practicing portion control, but sizing up portions correctly can be challenging. Here’s an easy trick: imagine your plate in quarters. Fill up half of it with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with whole grains, like brown rice or whole-wheat pasta, and the rest of it with protein like lean cuts of meat, fish, and beans.
It’s a good idea to start with fruits and vegetables, as they are packed with fiber and vitamins and are also low in calories. Another trick is to use a smaller plate.
Ready to fill up your healthy plate? Give it a try, take a photo, and then share it on social media with the hashtag #AHAhealthyplate. The American Heart Association, with support from its local sponsor Premera Blue Cross, have also posted resources online such as the Holiday Eating Guide to help you stick with the healthy promise you made on Eating Healthy Day.
Best of luck to you as move toward healthier eating one forkful at a time!
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Amy Reuter is president of Seattle FoodNut, a food and nutrition communications company focused on helping business professionals and active adults eat well for health and peak performance. Amy is also a nutrition instructor at City University of Seattle and is currently serving as chair of the American Heart Association’s My Heart My Life Committee in Puget Sound.