What Does Healthy Mean?

Consume a variety of foods
  • Include all of the food groups in your food choices.
  • Fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, grains, oils.
  • Choose different types of foods within each food group.
  • Color your plate – choose multiple colors of fruits and vegetables at each meal.
Practice Mindful Eating
  • Listen to your body – know your hunger and fullness cues.
  • Eat what you want when you are hungry, stop when you are full.
  • Consider balance, variety, and moderation in food choices.
Positive Relationship with Food
  • A diet mentality can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food
  • You should never feel “guilty” about what you eat
  • Eating well should not have to be about deprivation
Positive Body Image
  • Appreciate your body for what it can do – running, dancing, breathing, laughing, etc.
  • Replace negative self-comments with positive ones – focus on those that are not physical
  • Look at yourself as a whole person – don’t focus on specific parts of your body
Issue Diet Non-Diet
Goal Weight loss Confidence in the ability to make choices
Food Food is enemy - deprivation, willpower Food is a friend - taste, savory, enjoy
Attitude Perfectionist Flexible, goes with the flow
Choice Eat when diet says to Person in control