Eat Right with the Total Diet Approach

Don’t eat after 8 p.m. Avoid carbohydrates, even fruit. A piece of cake on your birthday will ruin your diet. Right?
Not exactly. No single food or meal makes or breaks a healthful diet. Your overall pattern of eating is the most important focus. A wide variety of foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation, in appropriate portions and combined with regular physical activity.
For lifelong health, develop an eating plan that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole-grains. Avoid the latest fad diet and focus on your overall health.
A registered dietitian can help you look at your total diet, learn the principles of balance and moderation you need for success and can dispel the myths and legends that get in the way of healthful eating.
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