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What Do You Actually Consider Healthy Eating?

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If you think about it, when it comes to food and eating, "healthy" is kind of subjective.

Like, sure, there are some things that most experts will agree are not super good for your health — eating lots of highly processed foods or added sugar, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and not eating enough vegetables, for example.

But beyond those basics, "healthy" can mean different things to different people. Healthy eating can be about anything from trying to eat more or less of certain food groups, tweaking food-related behaviors like getting takeout or eating in front of the TV, or making decisions based on weight or body composition goals. Not to mention that people with specific dietary needs or health conditions may have a slightly different set of rules for what's healthy for them.

So, tell us about your healthy eating opinions.

  1. Which of these do you consider the healthy breakfast option?

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    Oatmeal with almond butter / avocado on whole grain toast / banana with peanut butter
    Plain Greek yogurt with fruit / an egg omelet with veggies / protein-enriched cereal with milk
    Smoothie with fresh fruit, unsweetened almond milk, and protein powder
    Granola with milk or yogurt / some kind of protein bar
    Anything I manage to eat before lunch
    If it's not candy and soda I am fine with it

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Which of these do you consider the healthy breakfast option?
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    Oatmeal with almond butter / avocado on whole grain toast / banana with peanut butter
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    Plain Greek yogurt with fruit / an egg omelet with veggies / protein-enriched cereal with milk
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    Smoothie with fresh fruit, unsweetened almond milk, and protein powder
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    Granola with milk or yogurt / some kind of protein bar
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    Anything I manage to eat before lunch
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    If it's not candy and soda I am fine with it
  1. What do you consider to be the healthy lunch option?

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    A hearty salad with avocado, tofu, sunflower seeds, homemade dressing
    A takeout burrito bowl with grilled chicken and brown rice
    A homemade sandwich with a pile of veggies and hummus on whole-grain bread
    Roast beef wrap with lettuce, tomato, and mayo
    Any takeout that's not fast food

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What do you consider to be the healthy lunch option?
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    A hearty salad with avocado, tofu, sunflower seeds, homemade dressing
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    A takeout burrito bowl with grilled chicken and brown rice
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    A homemade sandwich with a pile of veggies and hummus on whole-grain bread
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    Roast beef wrap with lettuce, tomato, and mayo
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    Any takeout that's not fast food
  1. What do you consider the healthy dinner?

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    Grilled chicken or salmon, steamed vegetables, and salad
    Turkey burger, sweet potato fries, and salad
    Spaghetti squash "pasta" with tomatoes, spinach, and chicken
    Brown rice bowl with egg and avocado

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What do you consider the healthy dinner?
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    Grilled chicken or salmon, steamed vegetables, and salad
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    Turkey burger, sweet potato fries, and salad
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    Spaghetti squash "pasta" with tomatoes, spinach, and chicken
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    Brown rice bowl with egg and avocado
  1. Which of these do you consider the healthy breakfast strategy?

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    Making sure to have it no matter what.
    Skipping it entirely.
    Having it as long as you have a healthy option. Otherwise skip it.

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Which of these do you consider the healthy breakfast strategy?
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    Making sure to have it no matter what.
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    Skipping it entirely.
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    Having it as long as you have a healthy option. Otherwise skip it.
  1. What do you consider the most important thing to eat less of when you're trying to eat healthier?

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    Desserts and foods high in added sugar
    Highly processed food (snack bars, cookies, cereals, freezer meals, etc.)
    Fatty foods
    Bread, pasta, and carbs in general
    Animal products (dairy, eggs, meat)
    Alcohol
    Deep-fried stuff
    Something not listed here (I'll explain in the comments)

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What do you consider the most important thing to eat less of when you're trying to eat healthier?
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    Desserts and foods high in added sugar
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    Highly processed food (snack bars, cookies, cereals, freezer meals, etc.)
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    Fatty foods
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    Bread, pasta, and carbs in general
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    Animal products (dairy, eggs, meat)
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    Alcohol
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    Deep-fried stuff
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    Something not listed here (I'll explain in the comments)
  1. What do you consider the most important thing to try to have more of when you're trying to eat healthier?

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    Water
    Fresh fruit and/or vegetables
    Foods with heart-healthy fats (avocado, nuts, nut butter, salmon, etc.)
    Lean protein (chicken, fish, tofu)
    Low-fat or fat-free foods

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What do you consider the most important thing to try to have more of when you're trying to eat healthier?
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    Water
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    Fresh fruit and/or vegetables
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    Foods with heart-healthy fats (avocado, nuts, nut butter, salmon, etc.)
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    Lean protein (chicken, fish, tofu)
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    Low-fat or fat-free foods
  1. What eating behavior do you consider the least healthy?

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    Skipping breakfast
    Waiting till you're super hangry to actually eat
    Snacking between meals
    Eating even though you're already full
    Eating takeout or delivery
    Eating while doing something else (watching TV or using your phone, etc.)
    Eating dinner or snacks late at night

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What eating behavior do you consider the least healthy?
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    Skipping breakfast
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    Waiting till you're super hangry to actually eat
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    Snacking between meals
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    Eating even though you're already full
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    Eating takeout or delivery
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    Eating while doing something else (watching TV or using your phone, etc.)
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    Eating dinner or snacks late at night
  1. How often do you think it's healthy to have dessert?

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    Whenever you want it, but a reasonable amount
    1-3 times/week
    4-6 times/week
    Every night
    1-2 times/month
    As often as you want as long as you're having "healthier" dessert swaps like black bean brownies, ice cream made from frozen bananas, etc.
    On special occasions only (birthdays, holidays, special celebrations, etc.)

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How often do you think it's healthy to have dessert?
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    Whenever you want it, but a reasonable amount
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    1-3 times/week
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    4-6 times/week
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    Every night
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    1-2 times/month
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    As often as you want as long as you're having "healthier" dessert swaps like black bean brownies, ice cream made from frozen bananas, etc.
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    On special occasions only (birthdays, holidays, special celebrations, etc.)
  1. Which of these do you consider the healthy happy hour order?

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    A 4-oz. glass of wine
    A vodka soda, or some kind of liquor (no mixer) neat or on the rocks
    Some liquor plus a splash of juice
    I drink something else (I'll describe it in the comments)
    Skipping happy hour entirely

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Which of these do you consider the healthy happy hour order?
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    A 4-oz. glass of wine
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    A vodka soda, or some kind of liquor (no mixer) neat or on the rocks
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    Some liquor plus a splash of juice
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    I drink something else (I'll describe it in the comments)
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    Skipping happy hour entirely
  1. How often do you think it's healthy to have "cheat" meals?

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    Once a week
    Every other week
    Once a month
    Whenever you feel like you want one tbh
    Never

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How often do you think it's healthy to have "cheat" meals?
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    Once a week
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    Every other week
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    Once a month
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    Whenever you feel like you want one tbh
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    Never
  1. What do you consider a healthy way to eat during the day?

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    Three big meals a day
    Five small meals per day
    All-day grazing
    Eat when you feel hungry

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    Three big meals a day
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    Five small meals per day
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    All-day grazing
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    Eat when you feel hungry
  1. What do you consider a healthy approach to takeout/delivery?

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    You can do it once a month and still be more or less healthy
    It's fine to have it twice a month
    I know for a fact you can eat it once a week and still be healthy
    If you choose the restaurant carefully and make one of the healthiest choices on the menu, you can eat out as much as you want
    Eating takeout and delivery can't really be part of a truly healthy diet

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What do you consider a healthy approach to takeout/delivery?
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    You can do it once a month and still be more or less healthy
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    It's fine to have it twice a month
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    I know for a fact you can eat it once a week and still be healthy
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    If you choose the restaurant carefully and make one of the healthiest choices on the menu, you can eat out as much as you want
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    Eating takeout and delivery can't really be part of a truly healthy diet
  1. Which group of snack options do you consider healthy?

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    Hummus and crudite / apple with nut butter / handful of trail mix
    Plain Greek yogurt / hardboiled egg / a few slices of turkey
    Spoonful of peanut butter / handful of pistachios / half an avocado
    Carrot sticks / sliced red peppers / celery

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Which group of snack options do you consider healthy?
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    Hummus and crudite / apple with nut butter / handful of trail mix
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    Plain Greek yogurt / hardboiled egg / a few slices of turkey
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    Spoonful of peanut butter / handful of pistachios / half an avocado
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    Carrot sticks / sliced red peppers / celery
  1. Do you consider keeping track of what you eat as part of healthy eating?

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    Yes, writing down what you eat helps you understand more about what and how you eat
    Yes, using an app to track calories holds you accountable
    No, tracking my food intake doesn't do much for me
    No, tracking my food intake makes me pay more attention to calories and less to nutrients

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    Yes, writing down what you eat helps you understand more about what and how you eat
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    Yes, using an app to track calories holds you accountable
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    No, tracking my food intake doesn't do much for me
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    No, tracking my food intake makes me pay more attention to calories and less to nutrients

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