People cite a multitude of reasons for not practicing good nutrition, including time barriers, confusion regarding what to eat, and the dread of giving up their favorite foods. The easiest way to improve your diet is to emphasize “yes” behaviors. Emphasizing “yes” behaviors involves identifying what to eat instead of what not to eat. Adding healthy foods (whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, yogurt, fish, nuts, lean red meat, water, tea, etc.) to your daily and weekly diet provides your body with essential nutrients and displaces (pushes out) less nutritious foods. A study that looked at this very issue was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2002. The study examined the diets of over 59,000 women and found that those who ate a high variety of healthy foods (a “yes” behavior approach) had a 42% lower mortality rate (death rate) than those reporting a low intake of those foods. The authors of this study concluded that increasing the number of healthy foods regularly consumed is more important than decreasing the number of less-healthy foods regularly consumed.
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