Tactics to Improve Your Nutrition
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The 3 S’s, Sugar, Saturated Fat, and Sodium, have significant impact on our health!
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10 Tactics to Improve Your Nutrition & Health
Your health professional will determine an appropriate caloric intake for your individual needs, provide an eating plan, and support you along your journey.
Enjoy your food and eat more mindfully. Pay attention to what you eat, how you eat, where you eat, and how often you eat.
Keep portion sizes appropriate for your caloric needs. Be cautious of portion sizes when dining in restaurants.
Include grains, protein, fruit/vegetables every meal. Don’t skip meals. Remember all foods fit in moderation.
Eat more whole foods, foods in their natural state, instead of processed or packaged foods.
Select leaner sources of protein (fish and poultry) and less red meat (beef, pork, lamb, goat). Experiment with plant-based protein such as beans, peas, lentils, tofu, soy, quinoa, edamame etc.
Remember the 3 S’s. Minimize food high in saturated fat, added sugar and salt.
Reduce your daily sodium intake. When shopping, choose items with less than 15% daily value of sodium. Eliminate salt when cooking, and minimize salt added to your food at the table. At restaurants, ask for sauces and salad dressing on the side.
Choose water as your beverage of choice. Sodas, juice, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar and unnecessary extra calories.
Check labels for whole grain products instead of whole wheat. At least half your daily grains should be whole grains. Read the labels and the ingredient list carefully.