Why Become a Foodie?

The key to healthy eating is to consume the right amount of calories from the right kinds of foods to support your activity level. Focus on “real food,” foods our ancestors ate before science started “improving them” (think: processed foods).

Eating well helps you…

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent chronic disease
  • Boost energy levels
  • Feel GREAT

Foodie Tips

Shop the perimeter of the grocery store to find real food:

  • Lean meat
  • Dairy
  • Fruits and vegetables

These are nutrient-dense foods: they pack a lot of nutritional punch per calorie. Eat more of them. Limit foods with a lot of calories, but little nutritional value, such as ice cream and cookies. Eat foods cooked by humans, not by manufacturers. Read labels and limit foods with added sugars, including sucrose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup and fructose. Use smaller plates. It will encourage you to eat moderate serving sizes.

Focus on adding healthy foods to your diet, rather than just taking away unhealthy foods. Enjoy favorite indulgences by eating them less frequently or eating smaller portions. Grill or broil food, rather than frying it or slathering it in calorie-rich sauces and gravies. Use healthy oils (such as olive oil) instead of lard or butter. Add flavor with herbs and spices. Added bonus: Most are chock full of healthy nutrients.

Do One Thing: Keep a food diary for several days.

Most people don’t really pay attention to how much food they actually eat. Keeping a food diary will give you a realistic idea of your true food intake. Record when you eat and how you feel when you eat. Then you can also identify bad habits or food-related triggers, such as snacking mindlessly in front of the TV or eating when you feel stressed.

Peach and Black Bean Salad

At Carilion Clinic, we help women be as healthy as possible through every stage of life. Right here in our own community, we have a full range of board-certified doctors and dedicated support staff. We offer preventive screening options, advanced diagnostic techniques, and cutting-edge treatment. All in an environment that is warm, personalized, and patient-centered.