Eating Tips for 2012

January 1, 2012

I am a longtime vegetarian and recently finished studying nutrition. In high school, I took a class called Food and Nutrition, and ever since I have been into eating and living as healthy as I can. It is becoming more and more popular now to eat better, because people are realizing that the healthier you eat, the better you will feel. Also, I think it’s because what we eat is something we can each control as individuals, which makes us feel like we can be in control of something in our lives when there is so much that we can’t be in control of.

So I’ve thought of some easy healthy eating tips that just about anyone can follow:

  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. Eating canned is okay, but there is a lot of sodium in canned foods. Frozen is usually good too, unless sodium is added.
  • Eat more orange and dark green vegetables. You have probably heard this a million times, but there’s a reason for that. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, plus orange foods have beta-carotene, which we all know is good for the eyes.
  • Eat more multigrain foods. Multigrain bread is better for you than white bread, not to mention that it actually tastes better.
  • Eat lower fat foods, but BE CAREFUL. Some low fat or fat free foods are packed with preservatives and salt, which is not good for you. The more fat that is in your diet, the more fat you will put on your body, which isn’t going to make you happy in the long run.
  • Also, watch out for high saturated and trans fat foods. They are very very bad for you and can clog your arteries!
  • Watch serving sizes. Vegetables should take up about half of your plate, with your starch and protein each taking up one quarter of your plate. A protein serving is about the size of the palm of your hand, without including your fingers.
  • Choose vegetarian protein sources. Soy, tofu, lentils and beans are all much better for your body because they are low in fat or fat free, and these choices do not harm animals. They are also extremely tasty and there is so many ways you can cook and eat them.
  • If you do eat meat, choose lean protein sources, such as chicken or fish. Try to eat less red meat, as it tends to be much fattier.
  • Watch how much and what kind of dairy you eat and drink. If you tend to drink 3.25% milk, try switching to 1% or 2%. If you eat cheese with a high fat content, such as 35%, try choosing a lower fat cheese every once in a while.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. We all sometimes go overboard and drink more than we usually would at times, but in general, have no more than one or two drinks in one day. Too much alcohol can cause you to gain more weight because of all of the extra calories you are putting into your body.
  • Eat 4 to 6 small meals in a day. It will help keep your body going and help spread out the calories you are taking in so you will have energy all day long!

I’m sure you have heard many of these tips before, and you just laugh them off because you don’t want to try them. Just keep these tips in mind and be sure to comment if you have any questions.

In general, just try to eat the best that you can, get lots of sleep, don’t smoke, don’t drink too much, and I’m sure that you will lead a happy and healthy life.



4 Responses to “Eating Tips for 2012”

  1. John Says:

    I eat plenty of veggies and fruit but am not fond of fresh or frozen. The only ones I like are canned. I do eat meat of course with each meal. All about portion control. I do eat multigrain bread most the time. I will continue eating meat protein sources and no it doesn’t clog your arteries if cooked right. Only red meat can clog artieries and thats if you eat it more constantly. Chicken,fish,turkey and lean meats don’t clog arteries. Use a grill or foreman grill and it drains most the greasde for a very healthy meal. I drink 1% to 2% milk and my cheese slices are made with 2% milk. I don’t believe in 4 to 6 meals a day. There are 3 meals a day Breakfast,Lunch And Dinner. Eat a healthy snack inbetween meals if hungry.

    • Robyn Says:

      Thank you for the comment. I mentioned that saturated and trans fats can clog your arteries, I didn’t say that lean meats do. Remember that I am a vegetarian and will always promote vegetarian protein over meat protein.
      The fact that your choosing multigrain bread and 1% or 2% dairy is great, and most people don’t think about portion control, so it’s great that you do. Three meals a day can be fine, as most people probably just have their three meals, but most people have very heavy or unhealthy meals which people need to really pay attention to.

  2. jmichael614 Says:

    These are great tips for the new years- definitely going to try to cut out dairy this year! Not try- WILL! 😉

    • Robyn Says:

      Thanks for reading & taking the time to comment! That is awesome that you are going to do that! I am mildly lactose intolerant myself, so I eat much less dairy than I used to. Anyone who is willing to improve their eating habits is great!

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