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Nutrition

A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them, choosing a balanced diet or healthy eating plan. So how do you choose a healthy eating plan? Let's begin by defining what a healthy eating plan is.

A healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

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A healthy eating plan that helps you manage your weight includes a variety of foods you may not have considered. If "healthy eating" makes you think about the foods you can't have, try refocusing on all the new foods you can eat—

 
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How can I eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight?

  • A healthy lifestyle involves many choices, including choosing a balanced diet or healthy eating plan.
  • A healthy eating plan:
    • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
    • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
    • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
    • Stays within your daily calorie needs
  • A healthy eating plan that helps you manage your weight includes a variety of foods you may not have considered.
  • Healthy eating is all about balance. You can enjoy your favorite foods even if they are high in calories, fat or added sugars. The key is eating them only once in a while, and balancing them out with healthier foods and more physical activity.

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What is important to know about food safety?

  • Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential in preventing foodborne illness.
  • You can't see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. In every step of food preparation, follow the four guidelines to keep food safe:
    • Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often.
    • Separate — Don't cross-contaminate.
    • Cook — Cook to proper temperatures, checking with a food thermometer.
    • Chill — Refrigerate promptly.
  • Shopping - Never choose meat or poultry in packaging that is torn or leaking, and do not buy food past "Sell-By," "Use-By," or other expiration dates.
  • Preparation - Always wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Don't cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other food.

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