A healthy diet can have a positive impact on your health. What people may not realize is that small changes can have a significant effect on your well-being. These changes can include increasing your fruit and vegetable intake by just one serving a day and choosing lean meats, poultry or fish. You can also try substituting your afternoon soda with a bottle or glass of water.
Make sure the majority of calories you take in contribute to a healthy diet – in other words, choose foods that are nutritious (nutrient dense) as opposed to those filled with unhealthy fats, sodium and sugar (calorie dense).
Find tips to improve your diet from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Look locally: From farmer’s markets to community-supported agriculture, you have many options to find new, fresh foods in your area.
- Test your taste buds: A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. These are the basics, but within this wide range there are always opportunities to try new things and find new favorites. Try a fish you’ve never eaten before or find a new vegetable recipe. By testing yourself, you might find new healthy favorites to add to your regular grocery list.
- Trick yourself with healthy snacks: A healthful diet doesn’t mean deprivation. If you have a sweet tooth, have fruit and yogurt for dessert. If you want a snack in the afternoon, have some trail mix or nuts. There is no reason to go hungry just because you’re making healthful changes.
Winneshiek Medical Center dietitians are available to help you understand nutrition information and can collaborate with you to create a personalized eating plan. To speak to a Winneshiek Medical Center dietitian about how to improve your diet, call 563-382-2911