Health Rules You Can Bend - Diet

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10. Eat as healthfully as possible every day.

It's OK to occasionally eat high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Just not too often, and not too much.

"I tell people to eat as well as possible during the week, but on Saturdays to eat favorite foods in moderation. This model gives people something to look forward to and seems to help them stick to healthy eating habits," says Stephen Ball, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology at the University of Missouri.

Look at the big picture of your eating habits, rather than obsessing about every morsel at every meal.

For instance, a meal that only consists of salad and a slice of whole grain bread may be short on protein. But you can make it up with other meals or snacks, says Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

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WebMD Feature Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on April 06, 2010

Sources

SOURCES:

Nina Shapiro, MD, director of pediatric otolaryngology, Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA.

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Alice D. Domar, PhD, co-author, Live A Little!: Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health; executive director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; director, Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF; assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School; senior staff psychologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and cardiology, NYU School of Medicine.

Dennis Woo, MD, pediatrician and former chairman, pediatrics department, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, founding director, New York Laser & Skin Care.

Stephen Ball, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology, University of Missouri.

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chairman of otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; chairman of otolaryngology, Long Island College Hospital; editor in chief, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; chair, AAO-HNS Guideline Development Task Force.

Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, assistant director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

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