Doctors and nurses are important, but when I want the real “down-low” I go directly to patients. So it only makes sense that people on the street would offer useful nutritional advice.
Readers share their tips on nutrition and healthy eating.
Compiled by Everyday Health Editorial Staff
Healthy eating offers many rewards. A balanced diet gives your body what it needs to function properly, and good nutrition can help you manage your weight and fight off illness and disease. Still, not everyone’s lifestyle affords them the time they need to really focus on nutrition. Here, Everyday Health readers offer some quick tips for getting more nutrition into your daily diet.
When you go out to a restaurant, only eat half of your meal and take the rest to go. That way, you’re consuming fewer calories, and you have something for your next lunch or dinner already prepared for you!
Add mustard and a touch of maple syrup to any salad dressing. This will make up for taste when you cut back on oil.
I started doing this for my kids, but now I do it for myself and my husband. When I make sandwiches with turkey or lean ham, I use the food processor to mince broccoli, carrots, celery, and whatever other veggies I have, and then I spread the veggie mixture between the meat slices. It’s a great way to add extra vitamins, minerals, and fiber to a sandwich!
When choosing protein, don’t limit yourself to lean meats. Fish, soy products, lentils, beans, nuts, and butter contain protein too.
I’m more likely to eat breakfast if I organize my meal and set everything out — my teacup and teabag, cereal bowl, the box of cereal, and fruit — the night before.
Always choose brown rice and other whole grains over white rice, white bread, and other simple carbs.
Add flax seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and nuts to yogurt, cereal, and baked goods to get more fiber in your diet.
Break out your Crock-Pot and make low-fat, vegetable-filled soups that’ll last all week.
Feel free to add any suggestions of your own! I will contribute a few of my ideas tomorrow. Good nutrition is so important for all of us, but especially cancer patients and survivors.
Feel good, keep smiling and eat your veggies! Pat