As a dietitian, I am asked frequently by employees and patients, “What should I eat on my diet?” In other words, Do I Eat This?
I encourage them to try and change their thinking from dieting to eating healthier with small steps and a goal in mind.
Some tips I may give:
- Keep it simple. Remember to look for color, variety and freshness. Find easy recipes that include fresh ingredients.
- Start slowly and make changes to eating habits over time. Changing everything at once leads to cheating or giving up. A small change may be switching from 2 percent milk to fat-free milk or adding a salad to your meals.
- Do it one day at a time. You do not have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet.
One employee lost 88 pounds in one year and has kept it off for the past four years by attending a weekly Weight Watchers meeting, eating healthier and walking two miles each morning. Her motto is, “Anything worth working for is never easy.” She has a family history of diabetes, so she wants to do what she can to prevent herself from becoming a diabetic.
Another employee states she wants to eat healthier because it makes her feel better, and she wants to set a good example when she has a family someday. She shared these tips:
- She doesn’t eat past 8 p.m.
- She limits portions, but doesn’t deprive herself of foods she enjoys. She eats the pre-portioned 100-calorie pack foods as snacks.
- She eats lean meats, especially Tyson grilled chicken strips.
- She drinks fat-free milk and low-fat dairy products.
- She consumes whole grain breads and cereals.
- She drinks plenty of water.
There is no question that lifestyle changes are a challenge, but it is possible to make healthier eating habits part of your routine, especially if you have a goal in mind that motivates you.
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