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Fads Fade Fast
Healthy Eating Sticks
Nancy Burke, R.D.
Did you notice that leg warmers made a comeback this winter? Chances are, though, love'em or hate'em, wearing leg warmers won't impact your health. But your diet will. Think about it: Would you let the same folks who advised a generation of women to plaster their bangs up sky-high also tell you what you should eat? Didn't think so. When cancer is a part of your life, eating healthy is critical. But figuring out what that means gets confusing.
People look to food for all kinds of answers: to help them lose weight, to brighten their mood, to stop cancer. It's important to remember, though, that food is just that: food. It's not medicine, and although scientists are working hard to understand the chemical properties that make some foods healthier than others, the best thing to do is to keep your eye on the broader picture.
So rather than providing a list of "rules" for a healthy diet, we put together a list of guiding principles. The classics never go out of style.
Guiding Principles for Eating WellEat your fruits and vegetables!
Try it; you might like it.
Cook more, if possible.
Moderation is key.
Use common sense.
Try out some new recipes (opens as a .pdf document).