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Living a healthy lifestyle is central to maintaining wellness throughout your lifetime. In fact, healthy habits not only help you to feel good and manage illness today, they can also help prevent future disease. There are many behaviors that influence your health - what you eat, how you sleep, if you smoke, how active you are, how you manage stress - to name just a few. You can improve your quality of life by making simple, positive changes to your daily routine.
Where to start?
We've collected useful facts and tips to inform, motivate and support steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, small changes are powerful. Start today!
Potatoes are a good source of many vitamins and minerals when we eat them with the skin on. Cooked potatoes with skin have moderate amounts of fiber and they are particularly rich in potassium and vitamin C. The levels of some vitamins and minerals are reduced with cooking, but this can be minimized by baking or boiling with the skin on.
A healthy vegetarian diet requires some planning. Some vegetarians rely too heavily on processed foods, which can be high in calories, sugar, fat and sodium.
To make sure that your diet includes everything your body needs, pay special attention to these nutrients:
Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Milk and dairy foods are highest in calcium, but dark green vegetables, such as turnip and collard greens, kale, and broccoli, are good plant sources. Calcium-enriched and fortified products, including juices, cereals, soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, are other options.
Have you always wanted to go to a farmers market but feel a bit overwhelmed before you even get there? Here are our top ten tips for visiting your local farmers market:
- Know what produce is local and in season – This will help manage your expectations of what you will find at the market.
- Ask questions – The farmers are very passionate and knowledgeable about agriculture, farming and the best way to prepare their produce. They love to answer any questions you may have!
A diet that includes whole grains everyday helps protect us from developing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Whole grains are the most nutritious. Because they include the whole kernel, they have more fiber and nutrients and are overall healthier than refined ones.
In celebration of whole grain month, we have a few nutritious grain suggestions for you:
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