Eat Healthy in an Imperfect World (cont.)

If you get take-out, try healthier versions of the food. For example, when ordering pizza, go light on the cheese and order a salad to go along with your meal. At Chinese restaurants, ask the chef to use less oil. Order vegetables, and go easy on the rice, noodles, and deep-fried foods. For soups, go with the broth-based option. Choose tomato sauce as opposed to cream sauce for pasta.

Indeed, no matter where you are on the spectrum of healthy eating, it is possible to make a positive change without drastically changing your lifestyle. Make enough of these small changes in your diet over time, and a healthy body won't have to be just an ideal. It can become reality.

Originally published Feb. 21, 2005.
Updated December 21,2006.

SOURCES: Sue Moores, MSRD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Tara Gidus, RD, spokeswoman, ADA. Claudia Fajardo-Lira, PhD, nutrition expert, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT); and assistant professor, department of environmental sciences at California State University, Northridge. Christine Filardo, MSRD, director, public relations, Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). Mark Kantor, PhD, associate professor, department of nutrition and food science, University of Maryland. CNN Online: "TV, Lots of Fast Food Triple Obesity Risk." Andrews University Online: "Obesity and TV."

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