February 21, 2010
Every day I am struggling over the decisions of what to eat and if it is healthy. As I get older and exercise less, it is now more important than ever to start eating healthier. Eating healthy is something that needs careful consideration and planning but can be an easy transition. “Simple lifestyle and eating habit changes can be made over time with all the benefits of proper nutrition” (Calioglu, 1995, para. 2).
A Healthy Start
Being able to identify techniques to eat healthier is pivotal in solving this problem. Many resources are available to help make eating healthy a little easier. Evaluating calories, reading labels, watching portions, and planning meals will guarantee that I am eating healthier than ever.
Being conscious of the number of calories in all the food he or she eats is important. The amount of calories eaten directly reflects how healthy someone is eating. The recommended daily number of calories to maintain a healthy diet is between 2000 and 2500. Calorie intake should correlate with the amount of exercise he or she does daily (Liebman, 2003). More daily exercise means you can increase you calorie intake. Calorie information is on the nutritional labels of all food packaging.
Nutritional labels contain all the nutritional information you need to make healthy food choices. These labels contain all kinds of useful information like calories, serving size, fat, carbohydrates, percent daily values, and recommended daily amounts. Food labels also contain ingredient listings. Knowing the ingredients is helpful in avoiding high sugar or fat foods. Some ingredients to avoid are Sucrose, fructose, and hydrogenated vegetable oil. The
FDA requires all food to have nutritional labels and ingredients.
“It’s more about the portions you eat rather than the nutrition label” (Hanacek, 2007, para....