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When you need advice, registered dietitians are your best choice for food and nutrition information you can trust. Dietitians can help you translate nutrition science into everyday food choices no matter what your eating style or food preferences.

Here are some tips from the Dietitians of Canada on eating healthy in your everyday life:

Enjoy eating well, being active and feeling good about yourself. That's vitality.

A single meal or day of eating rich foods will not make or break an otherwise healthy eating pattern. What you eat on a regular daily basis is what matters most. Enjoy your occasional indulgences but follow a healthy meal plan most of the time.

Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight. Look for fast and easy choices such as whole grain breads and muffins, cereal with milk, fruit and fruit juice, yogurt and yogurt shakes, cheese, and eggs, or be creative with last night's leftovers.

Vitamin and mineral pills are not insurance for a poor diet!  Only food provides you with great taste and the energy you need to get moving and feel great. Some individuals, including pregnant women, can benefit from supplements. Before taking any supplements talk to a registered dietitian or your doctor.

Remember to eat a VARIETY of foods because no single food is perfect.  To get all the nutrients you need, enjoy as many different foods as possible from each of the four food groups in Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

Moderation doesn't mean giving up foods you love, it only means having a smaller amount less often. It's not just what you eat, but how often and how much, that really makes the difference.

Keep energized by having regular meals or snacks every 3-4 hours.  Keep healthy snack and meal choices handy at work, in the car and at home to avoid settling for something less nutritious.

Drink plenty of fluids including water throughout the day.

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