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We are all faced with an abundance of food and nutrition information and choices. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons for fighting diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. A healthy diet can help many gastrointestinal problems.
A healthy lifestyle that includes eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise and sleep goes a long way in keeping the body healthy. Evaluate your diet - is it balanced? Are you consuming empty calories through sugary beverages? How are your portion sizes?
Follow these guidelines when it comes to balancing your diet:
- Eat a diet of lean protein, such as chicken and fish, whole grains and vegetables and fruits. Fresh or frozen vegetables are preferred versus canned vegetables.
- Eat from nature and eat the rainbow. Limit processed foods, ones found in cans or packages, and read labels to monitor portion size and unhealthy ingredients. It is important to eat brightly colored fruit and vegetables in your diet.
- Drink plenty of water. Other drinks high in sugar should be kept to a minimum. Look at the label for portion sizes and sugar content.
Consult with a dietitian through our Wellness Center.