These days, a wealth of nutrition information is at your fingertips. From diet books to newspaper articles, everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should be eating. It’s no secret that eating healthier is important to your overall wellbeing. Making the decision to start eating healthier doesn't have to involve major dietary restrictions. But where do you start?
Eat a variety of foods
The first principle of a healthy diet is simply to eat a wide variety of foods. This is important because different foods make different nutritional contributions. You should view healthy eating as an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying foods -- especially vegetables, whole grains or fruits. A healthy diet doesn’t have to mean eating foods that are bland or unappealing, and you don't have to give up all of your favorite foods if your overall diet is balanced and rich in nutrients. Keep in mind that eating small portions of your food indulgences can help as well.
If you are trying to lose weight, the information gets even more confusing. Time after time, fad diets fail. They come out strong but fall short at consistent weight loss. In addition, these get-thin-fast concepts don’t often include essential vitamins and minerals.
Learn the basics of healthy nutrition
Decide to take pride in yourself and your nutrition, and enjoy eating right. There are some basic nutrition concepts that can help you take those first steps toward a healthier, happier way of living.
Start here. Start today.
- Shuttle to the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. When classes are in session, the Environmental Club provides a free shuttle service to the Farmer’s Market. The shuttles leaves Smith Lot (across from 7th Street Cafe) at 11:15 and makes two return trips, at noon and 12:30. Pick up your fresh, local produce and meats, without fighting the traffic and parking at the Market. Questions? Contact Ginna Freehling at the Environmental Club
- Join the Healthy Supper Club. Designed for Bucknell University Faculty, Staff and Community. This program allows members the ability to purchase and carry out three servings of an entree and three servings of a side dish from the Bostwick Marketplace for $11.50, the normal eat-in dinner cost! (side options include vegetables, starch, side salads and soups). || View the program flyer.
- Track Your Food Intake. One of the best ways to start making healthy diet changes is to see what you actually eat on a daily basis. Use the wellness portal to track your meals. You may be surprised!
- Try New Recipes. The wellness portal has a library of healthy recipes and meal plans to help you get started and stay on track.