National Eating Healthy Day: Getting you on the right track for a longer life

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We have all said it, “I’ll start the diet on Monday” or “I’ll do better after the holidays” but no matter what you say, you are putting off getting healthy. To help you get on the right track the American Heart Association is celebrating National Start Eating Healthy day Wednesday.

They say it’s a day to jumpstart healthy eating habits, encourage Americans to make small, healthy changes and raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition.

They say that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease and the main contributor is an unhealthy lifestyle.

So, what are some things you can do to get on the right track? First, toss out those unhealthy snacks and purchase healthier options. Try to buy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Also, try to eat small meals throughout the day. That will keep your body going and it will keep you satisfied throughout the day.

A lot of people worry about the cost of buying fruits, vegetables and meats. Well, Ruth’s Chris Chef Ivan Cruz says the best time to buy those things is when they are in season. If you do that, it will cut down the cost. He also recommends buying frozen because that will also cut down some of the cost.

Finally, how do you stay on track during the holiday season? The American Heart Association has some helpful tips. They say,

-Enjoy mock-tails. Serve nonalcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails to lower the calories.
-Drink a glass of water between calorie-laden drinks you consume.
-Cut the fluff. Pass on that big dollop of whipped cream to avoid the extra sugar and fat.
-Go easy on the toppings and dressings.
-Outsmart the bird. Reach for lighter pieces of meat and take off the skin.
-Keep portions in check. A serving size of meat is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards.
-Stay off the gravy train.
-Use the buddy system. Have someone to split a dessert with, you can cut the calories and fat in half and avoid being wasteful too.
-Use vegetable oils instead of butter when cooking.
-Use herbs and spices to flavor dishes instead of butter and salt.

For more information you can visit the American Heart Association website .

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