You Too Can Have A Healthy Diet

Niger: reinforcing nutrition care in Tahoua district
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One million Nigerien children under five – more than 1 in 4 – are at high risk of acute malnutrition in 2013. ECHO field experts carry out a monitoring of Concern Worlwide programmes in Tahoua district. The NGO provides support to the district hospital of Tahoua in order to improve care for severely undernourished children. It also helps run integrated nutrition and health care services at the community level, often in remote villages hardest hit by drought and increased food prices.

Many people wish to change poor dietary habits, but many don’t try eating healthier foods for better nutrition. A few good ideas can be all it takes to get someone motivated in improving their health. Keep reading for helpful tips.

Many people assume salad is good for them. While the vegetables are indeed good for you, the dressing is not. Creamy dressings contain a lot of fat and very little nutrients. An alternative, but still yummy, dressing is vinaigrette or homemade Italian dressing. Adding cranberries and walnuts to your salad are a healthy treat.

This concept involves sneaking nutritious foods into your current meals. This is useful if your children are picky eaters, but sneaking healthy ingredients into your own food works great, too. Examples of this method would be adding dry milk powder to baked goods and shakes, as well as adding a 1/2 cup of white beans to your cookie, bread or cake recipes. Your family’s nutrition will improve without them even knowing it.

For better health, bring your own lunch to school or work. If you pack meals yourself, there is no need to rely on whatever unhealthy options may be available. Preparing a healthy meal will not take more than ten minutes.

If you dine out, consider splitting a meal with someone. Entree portions are usually more than sufficient for two and eating this way will cut down on calories. When you split your meal, you save yourself money and calories. This is one great way to enjoy yourself without ruining your diet.

Sugar should be controlled in order to live a healthy life. It is not true that drinking fruit juice is any healthier than drinking soda. Unfortunately, some fruit juice drinks have a very small percentage of real fruit juice and a large percentage of sugar. That having been said, it’s of the utmost importance to monitor what we consume.

Eat calcium-rich food items at every routinely. Foods that are high in calcium include beans, nuts, dairy products, and darker colored vegetables. In order to maintain your teeth and build strong bones, you must get sufficient calcium. A calcium deficient diet makes the body more susceptible to osteoporosis, a disease that is characterized by thinning bone tissues and loss of bone density. When you have osteoporosis your bones will be more and more brittle and it can be painful.

Give canned salmon a try if you want a different taste sensation. Canned salmon is a great food choice because it is high in essential minerals and low in nasties, including sugar and fat. Vary your diet as much as possible to enjoy what you eat on a daily basis.

An easy way to reduce excess sugar in your diet is to cut out foods containing corn syrup, which is simply another form of sugar. Corn syrup is contained in condiments like ketchup and should be avoided while on a weight loss program.

Shop smartly when buying whole-grain food. You can not use color alone to decide if a food is whole-grain or not. A product that claims “multi-grain,” “cracked wheat,” “stone-ground,” or ’100% wheat” doesn’t mean it’s whole grain. Reading food labels can really help you out in this department.

Regular potatoes are certainly comfort food, but they are so high in simple carbohydrates. You can get that same comfort food feel and starchy taste from sweet potatoes that contain much more fiber and complex carbs. You can have sweet potatoes in the place of white potatoes at any meal. Just serve them with light butter and a little brown sugar. They also have healthy, anti-inflammatory qualities.

Now you know how you can make better diet choices and become healthier. Before you know it, your good nutrition choices will have become a habit and your body will thank you for it.

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