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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating tips

  • Eat breakfast: Mom was absolutely right about this one. Breakfast can raise your metabolism by as much as 10 percent. Choose low-fat protein, whole grains, and whole fruit.
  • Drink water: Staying hydrated helps you feel less hungry and helps your body function properly. Keep a full water bottle with a straw at your desk or work station. You’ll be surprised how often you empty it.
  • Eat smaller meals more often. Eating more regularly keeps your metabolism humming and helps you from becoming over-hungry. 
  • Avoid a high-fat lunch – it just makes you sleepy by mid-afternoon; those people you helped at 10 am still need you at your best at 3 pm.
  • Keep a food log with a daily goal of 2 to 4 servings of fruit and 3 to 5 servings of vegetables
  • If appropriate to your job duties, keep fresh fruit and vegetables or nuts handy for snacking during the day.
  • Portion size is key. Eat smaller amounts, then wait 10 minutes. Chances are if you give your food time to make it to your stomach, you’ll discover you are satisfied with what you’ve eaten.
  • Don’t over order at restaurants. Appetizers are often plenty of food for a meal. At a typical restaurant, a single serving provides enough for two meals. No one really needs a 14-ounce steak or a 2,000-calorie sandwich at one meal. Take half home or divide the portion with a dining partner. 
  • To stay at a healthy weight, balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn (use up). Want to eat more? Move more.