Eating Healthfully

A healthy lifestyle begins with the basics: fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean meats, and a variety of healthy whole grains, like rice. Rice fits perfectly into a well-balanced diet, containing all eight essential amino acids, phosphorous, iron, potassium and B-complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Best of all, rice is fat free, contains no cholesterol or sodium, has a low glycemic index, and is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates that give you lasting energy. Simply put, rice is good food.

Want to improve your health? Here are some tips to keep your body in top shape:
– Eat a variety of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables
– Get enough protein – low fat dairy, lean meat, and legumes are good choices
– Eat fiber-rich whole grains, like rice, instead of low-fiber processed foods
– Limit high-calorie, low nutrition or “junk” foods
– Limit sodium intake to about ½ teaspoon per day
– Exercise everyday – walk, run, swim, dance – anything that gets you moving
– Eat smaller portions, and try to limit calories to around 2,000 per day