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FROM READERS: What does 'healthy eating' mean to you?

By Don Baik
March 21, 2012 | 4:36 p.m. CDT

People unconsciously eat too much food and are inspired by their environments to consume more, said author Brian Wansink at Jesse Hall on Friday, in a speech titled "From Mindless Eating to Mindlessly Eating Better."

The Missourian asked attendees what they think of as healthy eating. Here are their answers:

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Tim Nelson: “I think we have moved away from a more natural means of eating that were already prepared for us, like wild animals, ripe fruits.” He said he prefers ripe fruit and raw food, “not food cooked over 120 degrees. Heat kills necessary nutrients, vitamins, enzymes that our body needs for surviving.”

Megan Fitzsimmons said she wanted to eat food that is good for her body or makes her feel good. She said she pursued the combination of healthy eating and exercising, and she advocates eating vegetables.

Warren Auld said healthy eating is minimally processed food. He said, “If you just start out with an apple, take the apple, cut it up, peel it and (just eat it).” He said apple juice, which contains squeezed  juice with a lot of sugar to it, is not a minimally processed food.

Francee Gordon said healthy eating means eating vegetables and raw food. Her strategy for staying healthy is to serve vegetables every day on her dining table.

Becca Silverestin said healthy eating is eating in moderation. Her strategy for staying healthy is to eat vegetables, fruits and raw food.

Aimee Will said her strategy for staying healthy is to “eat less, move more and exercise every day.”

Margaret Stewart: Stewart said that she eats vegetables a lot to stay healthy. She also eats beans, nuts and breads to have a balanced diet. In addition, she enjoys walking and climbing.

Mystle Schellhorn: “Healthy eating is not necessarily eating so much,” she said. “To stay healthy, try to eat fruit and vegetables all the time."

Ashley Sipocz said eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables is a way of healthy eating. She also recommended eating whole grains, low fat foods and vitamins. Her favorite strategy to stay healthy is to drink a smoothie after she exercises. She recommended a homemade fresh fruit smoothie that doesn’t contain artificial sugar because fruits have already enough sugar in them.

Liz Peterson: “Lots of fruits and vegetables, some lean protein and little bit everything is OK.” Her strategy to stay healthy is to be active and eat fruits and vegetables.

Aimee Appel said that she likes to know the nutritional value behind a food when she chooses a food. She said that we should know what we are putting into our mouths but also recommends sometimes eating comfort food that makes us feel good.

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