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The Harvard Medical School 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard School of Public Health

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard School of Public Health

Every day, you make dozens of decisions about what to eat. Will you cook at home or eat out? Snack from a vending machine, or carry a healthy snack with you? Making good decisions about what to eat is essential to lasting lifestyle change. And now, putting those choices into practice and eating a healthy diet has never been easier!

The experts at Harvard Medical School have just published a brand-new Special Health Report, The Harvard Medical School 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating. Week by week, step by step, this report will help you analyze your diet, establish goals for healthy meals and snacks, and incorporate practical changes to make your healthy diet a reality. By making just a few dietary changes each week, you can ease your way into a new pattern of healthy eating. Each week builds on the previous steps, and in just six short weeks, you’ll have made an important lifestyle change that can last a lifetime.

Here are just a few of the easy steps you’ll find in our 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating:

Week 1: Getting started

Week 2: Build a better breakfast

Week 3: Choose from 22 healthy lunchtime menus

Week 4: Ways to sneak in more fruits and vegetables

Week 5: Smart snacking

Week 6: Staying with the program

Special Bonus: 14 recipes for success — delicious and healthy appetizers, entrées, sides, salads, and desserts.

We’ll suggest a list of foods you should remove from your pantry or refrigerator, and provide healthy and delicious substitutes. We’ll tell you how to outwit your appetite. How to gauge portion sizes. Which foods to eat at parties, and which ones you should avoid. How to build a better sandwich. What to do if you slip and overindulge. How to strengthen your motivation by rewarding yourself.

In just six short weeks, you can revolutionize the way you eat, in small, easy practical steps. With The Harvard Medical School 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating, you can make healthy choices from a buffet of possibilities and create an eating plan for life.

This week-by-week plan will help you transform your eating habits into a program of nutritious and delicious food choices that can last a lifetime. Using the latest results of nutrition science, Harvard experts take you by the hand as you learn to eat for heart health, longevity, energy, and vitality. Includes recipes, shopping tips, and meal-planning strategies. This Special Health Report was prepared by the editors of Harvard Health Publications in consultation with Faculty Editor Teresa Fung, Sc.D., R.D., L.D.N., Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Professor of Nutrition, Simmons College with Nutrition Editor Kathy McManus, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Director, Department of Nutrition, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 45 pages. (2011)

source: health.harvard.edu.

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