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Practical Nutrition Tips

Spring 2002

Eating a Healthy Diet

Your food choices can have a significant impact on your health. Part of good health is eating a well-balanced diet. Make sure you regularly eat healthy, nutritious foods that are high in fiber, contain vitamins and minerals, and are low in fat (fruits, vegetables and whole grains).

Change takes time, so don't get discouraged.

There is no magic solution when it comes to good nutrition. Adding a multivitamin or mineral supplement to your food intake is a simple way to ensure that you receive adequate vitamins and minerals, but it doesn't replace the importance of eating a well-balanced diet.


Planning Your Meals Saves Time and Hassle

Simplifying your meal preparation can help combat problems such as fatigue, loss of appetite and a general sense of feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few suggestions you can try:


Getting the Most for Your Money

Create a budget and stick to it! Sticking to a financial budget can be challenging. Prepare a monthly spending plan that considers how much money you spend on food, household items, medical costs, housing, and entertainment. At the end of the month, examine how well you were able to stick to your plan and note expenses that exceeded your budget.


Practicing Food Safety

Keep in mind, food poisoning most often occurs at home. Once shopping is complete, observing safe food handling practices is paramount to avoiding illness.

Buy, prepare and store foods the proper way to reduce your chances of getting sick.

Remember the saying: When in doubt, throw it out.


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