How can I start to eat healthier?



sheela-photo.jpg (8693 bytes)Hello! I am Sheila Flynn-Esquivel. I’m a registered dietitian and your personal guide to eating healthy, at home and on the run.

Do you know the #1 reason most people don’t start eating healthy, or keep up with a healthy diet? According to Dr. Howard Hodis, they either think they have to give up eating all the foods they really like, or they don’t take their current food habits into account — "they simply deprive  themselves — and then give up".

Dr.Hodis should know. He is the Director of the Atherosclerosis Unit at the University of Southern California, and the author of more than 50 articles dealing with heart disease risk factors, including diet. Dr. Hodis and Robert Selzer, President of Nutrition Scientific & Senior Scientist at the Jetfish-logo-small1.jpg (4722 bytes) Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, have developed a novel computerized method, Quick Check for Diet Progress, to identify the few specific foods that are major contributors to fat in your diet. According to Dr. Hodis, "Simply by limiting a few foods, you can begin to eat healthier, and continue to enjoy most of the other foods that you really like."

So, are you ready?

Take the Quick Check for Diet Progress. It requires less than 15 minutes, and is really as simple as 1,2,3! If you have questions after taking Quick Check, please review our Nutrition FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions). And if that is not enough, remember, our experts are only an e-mail message away. Other helpful resources for you include Ten Action Tips for a Healthier Diet & many healthy recipes in our one-of-a-kind Healthy Eating Cookbook.

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