Your Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Eating and Weight Loss

30+ Healthy Eating Tips and Resources for a Long and Healthy Life

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Living a long and healthy life depends largely on what you put into your body over your lifetime. After years of studying some of the healthiest, longest-living people in the world, most researchers have come to similar conclusions. Though there are an infinite number of factors that can impact your life expectancy from genetics to where you live, three of the most powerful that are in your control are diet, lifestyle, and attitude.

This guide has compiled a bunch of great resources on simple changes that you can make in your diet that will help you develop healthy eating habits for life.

How to Use These Healthy Eating Tips

Browse through these tips and select two or three that you think will work for you. Write each on a card and keep it near where you eat as a reminder. Putting a card in the silverware drawer, in the napkin holder, in your pantry, or on your place mat can be great places to remind yourself. Try the tip. If you like it, keep using it until it becomes a habit. If you don't like it, pick another one.

Treat each healthy eating tip like an experiment through which you can learn about yourself and your personal food and eating habits. Don't get discouraged if at first the changes feel challenging. For most Americans, the path to truly healthy eating is an exercise in challenging what we think we know about food and changing our less than healthy habits.

Below are healthy eating tips broken down by category from "How to Eat" to "Food Choices." Use this list to guide the development of healthy eating habits or browse until you find the tips or habits that work best for you.

How You Eat

These tips focus on your eating behaviors and habits like speed, cleaning your plate, and more:

Mind Over Food

These tips look at ways you can use your mind to out-smart your stomach (or rather, your appetite):

Serving and Storage

These tips use your dishes, storage containers, and pantry as your allies in eating less of the bad stuff:

Food Choices

These tips look at ways to change what you eat:


These tips emphasize limiting distraction to help you focus while eating:

About These Tips

I have collected these tips and hints, and use them with my clients. They come from a variety of sources and are part of the toolkit of many nutritionists and dietitians. If you're interested in learning about the research behind many of these tips, I would recommend reading Brian Wansink's book Mindless Eating.

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