If you want to revamp your diet to eat healthier, focus on three basic changes, suggested by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
- Avoid foods with lots of solid fats. Choose lean meats over processed. Try grilling, steaming, broiling or baking, instead of frying. Switch to fat-free or low-fat dairy, and choose healthier cooking oils.
- Stick to drinks and foods with no added sugars. Water, skim milk or carbonated plain water with a slice of fresh fruit are good choices. Opt for fresh fruit when you want something sweet, and check labels to avoid added sugars.
- Limit salt by reading food labels. Season with herbs instead. Watch for sodium in packaged foods, breads, canned vegetables and soups.