New Year, New Attitude:
Eating Better for Life
Ah, the New Year – and the inevitable obsession with losing weight, and making up for the over-indulgences of the holidays. Why do we put ourselves through this?
If we’re serious about taking care of our own health, and the health of our families, it is time to stop with the yo-yo dieting, and rethink our attitudes about food.
For example, it’s easy to fall into the trap of rewarding or punishing ourselves with food. Had a hard day? Reward yourself with a pint of chocolate ice cream and a pan of brownies. Feeling fat? Punish yourself by skipping breakfast, then have only a 3-ounce bag of potato chips for lunch.
This is not a healthy approach!
What is worse — our kids watch what we DO, more than listening to what we say. It is impossible to teach our children to eat well, until we commit to healthier habits for ourselves.
There are plenty of ways to eat well, and feel satisfied, while controlling weight and staying balanced. Here are a few ideas:
Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, strawberries, grapefruit, pineapple – there are tons of choices. Fruit is the cleanser of the body. It contains fiber to fill you up and relieve bloating, essential vitamins, natural healthy sugars to quell sweets cravings, water to help you stay hydrated, and it’s energy food.
Eat the rainbow! Carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuces, radishes, bok choy, squash, asparagus – the list is endless, and if you haven’t tried a certain vegetable, be adventurous. Veggies lend color and excitement to the plate and the palate, while delivering a big dose of nutrition. Don’t overcook! Start by trying it raw, or steam lightly, and go from there.
There are endless varieties of beans and legumes, all loaded with fiber, B vitamins, and protein, while extremely low in fat; fiber is essential to maintaining regularity. It fills you up and keeps things moving.
Steel cut oats, rolled oats, cracked wheat, quinoa, brown rice, farro – cook up a big pot of whole grain, and use it over several days. Buy only bread and tortillas containing whole grain flour, without additives or preservatives.
Healthy fats provide essential nutrients and satisfaction. Choose olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, and a variety whole nuts and seeds
Keep checking my blog, social media and articles for lots of recipes and ideas. Have a Happy Healthy New Year!
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