Eating for Your Lifestyle
October 13, 2007
by Janice Baker, M.B.A., R.D., CDE, Registered Dietitian
If you have decided on your nutrition goals and know what
you are supposed to reach them, congratulations! But how do you keep up with healthy eating
habits in the “real world”? With our
busy lives, here are some tips to help you keep on track:
restaurants wisely. Most
restaurants will work with you with special requests if you ask. Even fast
food restaurants cooperate with special orders.
- Look for fresh ingredients, lightly
cooked and have sauces on the side. Ask for vegetables and grilled meats, chicken or fish to be
prepared without added butters, which can sneak in significant amounts of
calories to an otherwise healthy meal.
prepared to share meals if possible, since portions sizes in most
restaurants are usually enough for two adults per entrée.
airline food is high in fat, sugar and salt. Order a special meal ahead of time if
possible, or bring along a sandwich, fruit and water.
along small boxes of raisins and unsalted nuts for healthy snacks on the
road that will pack well.
your lunch for work and school helps you control weight and save money A peanut butter sandwich and a piece of
fruit is a perfect meal!
if you are single, take time to cook and freeze individual servings of
healthy and nutritious foods. Use
frozen vegetables for convenience and variety.
- Eat at
a table, not standing up. You will
be more likely to eat slowly, which is better for your digestion and tends
to make you eat less. Not eating
while watching television or at the movies will help you avoid ingesting
excessive calories. Movie theater
popcorn- even without the butter – is a huge load of salt and fat.
Keep focused on you nutrition and
exercise goals, and you will have wonderful results!
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