Cornell Presents 'CAN'-do Diet Plan

A healthy diet is all about making sensible choices. People with diabetes can sometimes feel stressed because they feel deprived and limited, but according to Cornell, you CAN do it.

The Study

According to the study, there are three criteria that people adhere to when making healthy food choices:

Convenient— food that is openly advertised and easily accessible.

Attractive— food that looks appetizing (remember, we eat with our eyes first!).

Normal— that is, food that they're familiar with and comfortable with.

Convenient, Attractive, Normal -- or 'CAN' -- appears to be the key to the choices that make us happy.

“A healthy diet can be as easy as making the healthiest choice the most Convenient, Attractive, and Normal,” says Brian Wansink, Ph.D., Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

How You CAN-do Your Diet

Here are a few tips to help you make healthier dietary choices:

Drink more water by keeping it accessible, visible and in a nice container that gets your attention.

Eat more vegetables by cleaning and peeling them and arranging the colorful offerings nicely on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and keep it on the front of an easy-to-see, easy-to-reach shelf in your fridge.

Keep some healthy snacks near your car keys or on the kitchen counter. Having them out where you pass often makes them normal and accessible.

By making a few little changes to what you keep around, where you put it, and how you present it, you CAN change your whole diet for the better. Give it a try!

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