Healthy Living Tips  |  Posted 09.29.14

Eating Smarter For Better Health

Eating Smarter For Better Health

Eating a healthy diet, one that is low-fat and plant-based, is good for you. By making healthy food choices we can reduce our risk of developing cancer. We can also reduce our risk of certain chronic illnesses, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. By following a few simple guidelines, you and your family can be on the way to better health:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar or low in fiber, or high in fat).
  4. Increase your fiber intake by eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Choose whole grain breads, cereals and pastas and beans.
  5. Limit consumption of red meat (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats. Choose meats that are low in fat.
  6. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  8. Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer. Instead choose a balanced diet with a variety of foods.

(Sources: American Institute for Cancer Research, and American Cancer Society “Cooking Smart” publication)