We Can Try! Tips to Eat Well and Move More

Choose to take small steps today! Try these tips to eat well and move more and see how easy taking small steps toward a healthier life can be.

Nutrition

  • Drink water before a meal.
  • Eat half your dessert, or choose fruit as dessert.
  • Avoid food portions larger than your fist.
  • Drink diet soda instead of regular soda.
  • Eat off smaller plates.
  • Don't eat late at night.
  • Skip buffets.
  • Grill, steam, or bake instead of frying.
  • Share an entree with a friend.
  • Eat before grocery shopping.
  • Choose a checkout line without a candy display.
  • Make a grocery list before you shop.
  • Drink water or low-fat milk over soda and other sugary drinks.
  • Flavor foods with herbs, spices, and other low-fat seasonings.
  • Keep to a regular eating schedule.
  • Eat before you get too hungry.
  • Don't skip breakfast.
  • Stop eating when you are full.
  • Snack on fruits and vegetables.
  • Top your favorite cereal with apples or bananas.
  • Include several servings of whole-grain foods daily.
  • If main dishes are too big, choose an appetizer or a side dish instead.
  • Ask for salad dressing "on the side."
  • Don't take seconds.
  • Try a green salad instead of fries.
  • Eat sweet foods in small amounts.
  • Cut back on added fats or oils in cooking or spreads.
  • Cut high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into small pieces and only eat a few pieces.
  • Use fat-free or low-fat sour cream, mayo, sauces, dressings, and other condiments.
  • Replace sugar-sweetened beverages with water and add a twist of lemon or lime.
  • Every time you eat a meal, sit down, chew slowly, and pay attention to flavors and textures.
  • Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had jicama, plantain, bok choy, star fruit, or papaya?)
  • Instead of eating out, bring a healthy, low-calorie lunch to work.
  • Ask your sweetie to bring you fruit or flowers instead of chocolate.