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Eat a variety of foods from all food groups

A colorful variety of food is on display.
How can you incorporate new food groups into your next meal?

Exploring different food groups is a fun way to eat healthy in new ways.

Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions

  • Enjoy holiday dishes, celebrate cultural cuisines and learn about different traditions while creating an eating plan for your unique lifestyle and nutritional needs
  • Celebrating cultural traditions through food is a great way to connect with people from various communities and learn about their heritage. It is also a way to appreciate your own cultural roots. Learn more about cultural cuisines and traditions.

Eat foods in various forms: fresh, frozen, canned, dried

  •  Fruits and vegetables contain vital sources of nutrients that our body needs. Having variety can help achieve balanced and healthy meal patterns.
  • Fresh produce can make for a quick and healthy snack and is cheaper when in-season. 
  • Frozen produce are picked at peak ripeness before being flash frozen. 
  • When buying canned vegetables,  look for the label with no salt or low sodium. For canned fruits, opt for packed in water, 100% juice, or it’s own juices. 

 Avoid fad diets that promote unnecessary restrictions

  •  There aren’t foods or pills that burn fat. Rapid weight loss through fad diets can have negative impacts on your body.
  • Instead, focus on promoting balance and eating in a way that makes you feel nourished, satisfied, and energized. 

 Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs

  • Incorporating healthy nutrition habits can promote a better  relationship with food and  improve quality of life. 

Reach out to your dietitian for more information! Call 217-554-4676 for an appointment.

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