By: Carlene Helble-Elite Nutrition Intern
Healthy eating should not make you stressed out. Making small changes to move towards a more nutritious and beneficial diet can help by leaps and bounds in the long run. Rebecca’s interview with Fox 5 DC gave great pointers on tips you can use to start improving your diet this summer.
Americans are notorious for drinking their calories so by replacing a soda with a Fruit2O or 100 percent fruit juice with sparkling water to make a spritzer, you can easily shave off excess sugar intake and calories. Another thing many of us are guilty of is ignoring our bodies ‘hungry/full’ signal. By keeping small snacks like SunSweet Ones (Delicious and it takes four to equal 100 calories!) or nuts in the car or in your bag, you can keep yourself in check by snacking in a healthy way when your body says it’s time to do so. Although a snack of nuts can be high in healthy fats, over indulging can quickly add up calorically. An Altoid tin full of mints helps with portion control, letting you know when it’s time to stop. Armed with these nutrient dense snacks, you can save yourself a trip through the drive through and a whole lot of excess sodium and fat. Lastly, journaling or using your phone to track dietary intake is another great small change you can make starting today! Keeping yourself accountable for what you put in your body helps you learn to listen to those hungry/full signals, as well as evaluate where you may be going wrong by over eating unhealthy foods.
Start small and get big results with each change you make!
See Rebecca’s interview here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/mornings/make-small-changes-to-prevent-diabetes-06110