A Balanced Diet
When thinking about planning your meals, remember your A, B, C’s--Awareness, Balance and Control. These are the building blocks of life-long, healthy eating habits that will help instill good habits in you and your family.
A = Awareness
Be aware of what you are eating and its nutritional value. What amounts of calories, fat and carbohydrates are in the foods you eat? Read labels and become food-conscious to make healthy eating decisions.
It is also important to look at all the foods and ingredients you are eating rather than focus on just one. If not, you may inadvertently limit your access to quality foods and drinks. For instance, high fructose corn syrup is often mislabeled as "bad," even though there is no credible scientific evidence to support this claim. Instead, look at all of the combined sugars in your diet and make healthy decisions accordingly.
B = Balance
Balance your daily food selection to include whole-grain products, fruit, vegetables, dairy products and foods high in protein. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all.
Offering balanced choices at every meal provides necessary nutrients for proper growth and health. Reference the USDA's Choose my Plate to personalize your eating plans; everyone's needs are different and the information at Choose my Plate can help.
C = Control
Control portion size and intake of foods high in fat, salt or sugar. Eat them in moderation and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.
Expert Advice about Healthy Eating for a More Balanced You
When developing healthy eating habits, you may have questions about what to eat or how much. We have compiled a downloadable dietitian's health guide with advice and recommendations from multiple health experts. This expert guide will not only help you eat intelligently but will also provide you with a realistic plan to incorporate healthy eating strategies into all of your meals.