9 Simple Habits for a Healthy Diet

New Year’s resolutions may still be a few weeks off, but now is the perfect time to think about your diet. As you navigate these weeks filled with excesses and splurges, you can minimize the damage done to your waistline by following a few very simple dietary tips.

As I wrote in an article for NextAvenue titled, “The Best Diet You’ve Never Heard Of,” these tips aren’t part of the latest commercially branded diet – they are recommendations from a team of nutritional scientists at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health. The list actually isn’t meant to be a diet at all, but rather a set of criteria the research team used to rate the effectiveness of the government’s dietary guidelines. Their findings? The 2005 USDA recommendations did little to reduce chronic health risks, but improvements made to the recommendations in 2010 and 2015 have made great strides forward.

So what does a healthy diet – the kind that can reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension – look like? The answer falls into two simple (and common sense) lists: Foods to maximize in the diet, and foods to minimize. For details on number of servings and good sources, check out my original article at NextAvenue.

Consume More of These

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Whole Grains
  • Nuts and Legumes
  • Essential Fatty Acids (Especially Omega-3)

Consume Less of These

  • Sugary Beverages (Including Fruit Juice)
  • Red Meat
  • Sodium
  • Alcohol

So, for your next holiday soiree, load up on a big salad or a bowl of vegan Moroccan stew before you go and once you’re there, sip that champagne cocktail slowly, hit the crudité platter hard, and pass on the dessert tray.

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