1. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all.
2. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
3. Maintain a healthy weight – not too fat, not too thin. The weight that’s right for you depends on your sex, height, age and heredity.
4. Eat moderate portions. (The recommended cooked meat portion is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards.)
5. Eat regular meals. Skipping can lead to out-of-control hunger, and overeating.
6. Reduce, but don’t necessarily eliminate certain foods. The key is moderation.
7. Know your diet pitfalls. To improve your eating habits you need to know what’s wrong with them.
8. Make changes gradually. Remedy excesses or deficiencies in your diet with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits.