Eating Healthfully: Tips to Make It Easier

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George Washington Many people wonder how to cook and eat healthier foods which do not require a lot of time or money. Chances are that you have a good understanding of the basic principles of health and nutrition. But thanks to today's fast-paced lifestyles, the real challenge is practicing what you know! Occasionally, we find ourselves resorting to "quick fixes," which gradually may become bad eating habits. Then we build up reasons, or "myths" about why we cannot eat better. See if you recognize any of the common "myths" listed below. You may be surprised how easy they are to change.

Myth No.1:

Eating nutritiously is too expensive.Many people believe that fruits, vegetables, fish, and the other components of a healthful diet cost more than they currently spend on food. Consider what happened when researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute gave nearly 300 people with high cholesterol how-to home videos for cutting fat from their diets. After nine months, the participants who had lowered their blood cholesterol the most had also lopped an average of $1.10 each day off their food bills. That comes to more than $400 a year (or $1,600 for a heart-healthy family of four). It makes perfect sense when you put pencil to paper. A bowl of cereal with milk costs a lot less than buying a donut or muffin on the way to work. And a mid-afternoon apple or banana is still cheaper than a candy bar.

Myth No. 2:

It is too hard to eat the recommended 5-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.Most Americans do not eat the recommended daily amounts of produce. But having a piece of fruit is not the only way to slip more produce into the diet, even though people assume that is what they should do. What about adding a couple of slices of tomato and a lettuce leaf to a tuna sandwich? Or mixing a cup of finely shredded carrots into a pot of spaghetti sauce? There are many other creative ways to add fruits and vegetables to your diet.

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