Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | December 15, 2008

How to Improve Your Eating Habits: Part 4

    In my last post, I described 2 steps you can take to improve your eating habits: eat your meals slowly and increase the amount of fiber in your diet.  Here are 2 more steps you can take to eat more healthfully:

1.  Start every meal with a serving of your favorite fruit.  This serves two purposes.  First, it will help you get your recommended daily allowance of fruit, which is great from a nutritional standpoint.  Different fruits contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are an excellent source of fiber.  Second, by starting with a piece of fruit, you will feel fuller more quickly and eat less at every meal.  This is an excellent way to facilitate the weight management process.

2.  Identify vegetables you enjoy and eat at least two servings per day. Eating a vegetable-rich diet can provide many potential benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.  Vegetables are also nutrient-dense.  They provide significant nutrients in relatively small amounts, and contain lots of fiber.  Because of this, eating vegetables can reduce the total amount of food you eat, and your daily caloric intake, thus promoting weight loss.

NEXT POST – December 19, 2008

How to Improve Your Eating Habits: Part 5

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