A big part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is eating properly– knowing what to eat and how much. As always, talking with your physician about your health & diet is the first step. To get you started on the right path, we have provided a brief list of resources we have found to be helpful:
—Choose My Plate.gov Eating on a Budget
This website by the US Department of Agriculture shares meal preparation guidelines, sample menus, and tips & tricks to use when grocery shopping.
This page by the Food & Drug Administration reviews how to use the information on nutrition labels more effectively and easily.
—Healthy Eating, American Heart Association
The AHA developed a web page with recommendations to make smart choices that benefit your heart and overall health, including diet & lifestyle information, heart healthy grocery shopping, nutrition basics, and seasonal eating tips.
“Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion–most of what we’re consuming today is no longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.” –Amazon.com
–See also by Michael Pollan: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, and The Botany of Desire
“Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. ” –Amazon.com