Getting Started! 10 Healthy Eating Changes
Incorporating healthy eating is easier than you think. Try these 10 healthy eating changes to jump-start a healthy diet for you and your family and friends.
|Instead Of...||Try this Healthy Eating Change...|
|Eating and accessing food at all times
throughout the day.
|Plan your meal and snack times. Try to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Any longer will cause hunger, which increases sweet cravings and overeating.|
|Preparing and eating meat every day.||Have meat alternatives such as beans, lentils ad tofu often. These foods provide a boost of fibre, less fats, and other nutrients.|
|Shopping for groceries when you run out, without a shopping list or meal plan.||Develop a daily meal schedule. This will save you time and money. Create a grocery-shopping list according to the meal schedule and stick to it, shop regularly.|
|Buying foods that seem the quickest to prepare.||Read the nutrition information on packaged food before you buy them. Look at the Nutrition Facts table and at the ingredient list.|
|Making the same meals over and over again, which may create boredom and discourage variety.||Try a new recipe every 2 weeks. Start by using the recipes found in this guide. There are thousands of free recipes online as well as cookbooks with healthy, easy-to-prepare, delicious meals.|
|Not going grocery shopping yourself.||Do your own grocery shopping and meal preparation or help your parents/caregivers. This will teach valuable skills and knowledge of healthy eating, which can help increase independence.|
|Stocking your fridge with an endless variety of beverage choices.||Switch to water and milk as your fluid choices. Some juices, sport drinks, and colas are loaded with sugar and caffeine and can contribute to dental cavities and extra calories.|