Happy New Year!
Jan 11, 2016
Happy 2016!!!! With the beginning of the new year comes new year’s resolutions. The number one resolution is typically to lose weight. Most people will turn to fad diets or extreme exercise programs and then will fall off the wagon by the end of January. How about a more sensible approach. A healthy diet and exercise really do make a difference. Unfortunately there’s no magic potion, pills or powder. It’s a matter of developing a healthier lifestyle that truly makes a difference. Remember you can do it!!!!
You can enjoy your meals while making small adjustments to the amounts of food on your plate. Healthy meals start with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. And don’t forget dairy—include fat-free or low-fat dairy products on your plate, or drink milk with your meal. Here are some tips courtesy of the USDA to enjoy your food while eating less:
Choose to eat some foods more or less often
Choose more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt.
Drink water or other calorie-free beverages, 100% juice, or fat-free milk when you are thirsty. Soda and other sweet drinks contain a lot of sugar and are high in calories.
Make treats “treats,”
not everyday foods
Treats are great once in a while. Just don’t make treat foods an everyday choice. Limit sweet treats to special occasions.
Take your time
Be mindful to eat slowly, enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Use hunger and fullness cues to recognize when to eat and
when you’ve had enough.
Use a smaller plate
Use a smaller plate at meals to help with portion control. That way you can finish your entire plate and feel satisfied without overeating.
Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way
Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish—fruit! Serve a fresh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top with cinnamon.
Hope Danielson, Director of Health and Wellness for County Market