Make water your number one choice. Water is an essential part of a healthy diet, and is required by the body for all it's functions. Other drink choices could include white milk (unsweetened and lower fat), unsweetened fortified plant-based beverages and unsweetened coffee and teas.
• Women need 2.2 L or 9 cups of fluid daily
• Men need 3 L or 12 cups of fluid daily
Coffee and energy drinks cause a short-term burst of energy followed by a long-term slump. Limit caffeine to a maximum of 400 mg/day, equivalent to about 3 cups of coffee. Also be aware of other products that have caffeine in them. Black teas, colas and even medicine such as ibuprofen all contain caffeine.
3 steps to healthier grocery shopping
Use these 3 steps to help you make healthier food choices when you are grocery shopping.
1. Be prepared - Plan ahead and always shop with a grocery list. This will save you time and money and help you buy only for the foods you need. Part of being prepared includes not shopping on an empty stomach.
2. Fill your cart with healthy choices such as fruit and vegetables, whole grain foods and protein foods
*Helpful tip, make half of the items in your shopping cart vegetables and fruits. In-season vegetables and fruits are often fresher and less expensive
3. Assess your shopping habits - Keep track of where in the grocery store you are spending time and what types of foods you put in your shopping cart. Look at food labels and try to limit the amount of highly processed foods you purchase. Be aware of marketing and how it might influence your purchasing.