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Eating for Health

One of the best ways to become a more informed eater is to consider choices that affect BOTH weight and overall health. You don’t have to sacrifice taste. By choosing a wide variety of foods you can open yourself up to all kinds of wonderful new tastes! So what is a healthy diet?

The USDA defines a healthy diet as one that:

● Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products.

● Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.

● Promotes heart-healthy fats.

● Limits saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.

The Jenny Craig menus reflect these guidelines and provide a healthy nutrition plan. Take the guesswork out of eating healthy by following the pre-planned menus, or add your own spin on the menus by doing the planning yourself.

Take healthy eating a step further when selecting your grocery foods or planning a meal on your own:

1. Include a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits – dark green, orange, purple, red and white – challenge yourself to eat at least 3 colors per day!

2. Maximize your whole-grain selections with brown rice, whole-wheat breads, oatmeal, quinoa and barley.

3. Choose nonfat/low-fat dairy products every day.

4. Select heart-healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and canola or olive oil.

Use your tracker to track foods you eat each day. Your tracker calculates your calorie intake, as well as nutritional intake – so you can see how much sugar, sodium, cholesterol, vitamins and other nutrients you are taking in each day. It’s a great way for you to learn more about what and how you eat and to help you ‘see’ opportunities to eat better for your health!