New Guidelines To Healthy Eating - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

01/14/05

New Guidelines To Healthy Eating

by Donna McCollum

Get ready for an onslaught of food advertisers promoting healthier eating. The marketing plans are certain to surface with the government updating the old food pyramid.

All the advice may at first be overwhelming, but the the first diet revisions in twelve years still focus on the basic principal to consume healthy foods and beverages.

"Look for basic and go for the simple," says Registered Dietician Dr. Suzy Weems at Stephen F. Austin State University. Weems keeps that philosophy in mind when she sets public policy for the American Dietetic Association.

Her advice is to follow the simple revisions to the old food pyramid. "Just stretch it a little bit on the fruits and vegetables and change the grains to whole instead of refined and you're pretty much there," advises Weems. But also limit your fats, cholesterol, and added sugars. Too much salt and alcohol are bad for you too.

Exercise is another key recommendation from the government. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day, above your usual activity. If you're trying to lose weight, double or triple that.

You'll be doing it for yourself and the economy believes trainer Greg McEntire. "The rising cost of health care, medicare, medicaid, those kinds of things are skyrocketing and we're all going to have to pay, so to alleviate some of those costs is up to us individually."

A healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be difficult. Not dwelling on the restrictions can make it easier to stick with.

Even health food advocate Scott Runnels breaks the rules. "Nobody does it 100% correctly. Nobody here does it 100% correctly, but you do what you can and just try to be wise."

To healthier guidelines go to www.healthierus.gov/dietary guidelines

Powered by Frankly