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Healthy eating tips that just may stick

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If a commitment to healthy eating seems too tough to swallow, then start with a taste test.  National Eating Healthy Day (Nov. 6) is a great time to try some new habits that just may stick.
 
Little by little, you'll start to see a difference in how you feel and look.

Here are some tips to try this month, and any other time of the year from Darlene Zimmerman, MS, RD, registered dietitian for the Heart Smart® Program at Henry Ford Health System:

Slow down on the sodium: Did you know Americans eat more than double the daily amount of sodium recommended by the American Heart Association? Too much sodium increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems, but this excess isn't just from salting your food. Americans get most of their sodium - 77 percent! - from processed foods. If you choose these foods, compare the labels and look for lower-sodium versions.

Pile on the fruits and vegetables: Choose all kinds of fruits and vegetables - fresh, frozen, canned, juiced and dried. All fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Load your shopping basket with fruits and vegetables of many different colors. Then try the "slender sauté" using a small amount of liquid to cook vegetables. Need a quick, healthy weeknight dinner? Try a salad. The American Heart Association has tasty recipes packed with everything from tofu to broccoli to bacon to mushrooms and much more.

Get the skinny on fats: Learn how to substitute good fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats) for bad fats (saturated and trans fats). For example, try canola oil or olive oil instead of butter. Choose lean meats, poultry without skin and fish instead of fattier cuts of meats. Enjoy heart-healthy fats in moderation and remember this tip: 1 teaspoon equals 1 serving.

Save your waistline and your wallet by cooking at home. Cooking at home is not only a great way to make sure the ingredients that go into your recipes are healthy, but it gives you control over your portion sizes too. (Not to mention your budget.) Try using a smaller salad-size plate for your main meal instead of a big dinner plate.

For more healthy eating tips, recipes and a guide to products with the Heart Check mark, visit heart.org/healthyliving.

To order a copy of the Heart Smart Cookbook, log on to www.henryford.com/heartsmart.

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