Healthy Living-Food Related

  • Drink water throughout the day (up to 60-80 ounces per day).
  • If very hungry before a meal, eat a little protein to curb your appetite before eating.
  • Eat as much whole grain rice, whole wheat bread and pasta. This helps to fill you up so you eat less.
  • Reduce cheese and cheese pizza intake. Pizza is such a staple for our American lifestyle so this goal may be more challenging than other habits.
  • Listen less to mainstream food advertisers. Are they concerned about your health?
  • Limit meat and dairy and try to substitute with healthier alternatives.
  • Eat healthy foods 90% of the time.
  • Eat whole foods or a piece of fruit before going to a party or get together may help reduce the total amount of calories you consume for that day.
  • Reduce beer intake. If you exercise for 45 minutes and burn 500 calories but then drink 3-4 beers later that day have you at all reduced your calorie intake?
  • Eat breakfast every day. For example, consider a banana, kashi cereal or oatmeal if you have time.
  • If you are very hungry and feel like eating a lot, try to overeat steamed broccoli, green beans, legumes or long grain rice.
  • If no time for breakfast, consider a protein shake with low fat or soymilk. This meal can get your metabolism going for the day.
  • Some nutritionists recommend eating smaller portions 5-6 times a day. This may keep your metabolism going all day long and help avoid those peaks and valleys with your glucose levels.
  • Try skipping dessert from time to time. Could you enjoy others eating dessert? Sometimes, one can derive almost as much joy out of watching someone eat dessert than actually partaking. Try it if you can.

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