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Fruits, Veggies and More

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fruits_and_veggies We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is great for your health and excellent for your diet, but do you know how many you should really be eating? People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure. That said, most people are still lacking the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they should actually be eating. Did you know,

  • Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
  • Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
Not only can you make a difference by adding them into your diet, but you can also help spread the word to others by encouraging your friends, families and communities to start eating healthy. Ever considered joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to work with local farmers and get fruit and veggies in your area that are in season, or growing veggies and herbs in your own garden? You don’t need a lot of space, and can even grow them in pots in the winter when the weather is cooler. You can also encourage your family members to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit or carrot sticks within easy reach. And last, consider making recommendations to your local restaurants, stores, and other businesses to provide quality foods made with fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Learn to Eat Healthy!

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Fruit-Vegetables-Healthy-Food Tempting cravings come when you least expect them. Keeping the food cravings down and eating healthy food will keep you on track with your health and weight loss goals. By eating more nutritious foods, you are on the right path to a healthier and more balanced life for both you and your family. Below are a few tips to keep you on the right track:  
Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.  On average, only 20% of high school students in our country are eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. You might be like many families who don’t have easy access to stores that carry the produce your family needs. And even if you do have access to fresh produce, it’s another challenge to get your family to eat enough fruits and vegetables to feel as full as they would from eating a meal from a fast food restaurant. It takes planning and trial and error to increase the fresh fruits and veggies your family eats, but you will see many benefits over time.
Eat Non-Processed, Real Food. As you may know, childhood obesity rates have been increasing steadily over the past 30 years. During these same 30 years, our country has seen a rise in the amount of calories our kids are consuming in the form of fast food, food from convenience stores, and the many other snacks our children eat outside the home. It’s more commonly called junk food. And we have the opportunity to lower the amount of junk food our families are eating by increasing the amount of healthful, homemade meals and healthy snacks they consume. Get Rid of the Liquid Calories. In this country, we are drinking more sugar-filled beverages than ever before. And this trend has hit hardest with our kids. Sugar-sweetened beverages are now the largest source of added sugar in the diets of our nation’s youth. But the good news is that most of these sugar-filled beverages are consumed at home, so we as parents, as caregivers, as big brothers and sisters, can have a direct impact on decreasing the amount of empty calories our families are consuming from these sweet drinks. For more eating healthy tips, talk to your physician about how you can stay on track and not give in to your cravings.