Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tasty Tips for 2013

"We're going to eat better this year!"

I hereby resolve to share ideas and specific strategies to help make that pledge a reality for 2013 and then some.

Numero Uno:  Produce fresh from the local/often organic farm, delivered to your doorstep, couldn't be more convenient, couldn't be a better value -- and the quality of the fruits and veggies is Tip-Top/Grade A/Super Duper Gold Star.  Friends, if you are anywhere near Savannah, GA, join up and enjoy the harvest.

Every meal should consist mostly of vegetables and fruits.  Two-thirds to 3/4 of your plate covered with colorful complex carbohydrates, and lean, quality protein to cover the rest.

Next Several:  Pay attention and regain some control of your eating.  The November/December issue of IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips offers these great research-based suggestions:

  1. Place your meals, snacks, and drinks in smaller plates, bowls and glasses to help reduce how much you eat.
  2. Eating breakfast can control your appetite all day.  (You know who you are... I know you can hear me...)
  3. Watching TV while eating creates a distraction that causes you to eat more.  Tune out and go sit at the table.
  4. The more you chew, the fewer calories you are likely to consume.  Good for your digestion, too.
  5. Serving smaller sized portions on plates and putting the extra in the fridge right away tends to trim your intake. Cutting food into smaller pieces can also help you eat less.
  6. Don't fall for "low-fat" food labels, they often replace the fat with extra sugar, making calorie savings an illusion.
  7. Sleep deprivation often causes overeating. Sleep better, eat better.
  8. Eat your calories. Studies show drinking your calories leads to more post meal hunger than when you eat solid food.

Do you see anything on the list, just one or two things, that you can pay extra attention to right away and strengthen your resolve to eat healthier?  Starting right now?

Yes, You Can.

Eat better, move better, live better.  Be Well, and happy New Year :-)

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