Monday, April 9, 2018

DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR DIET!

By Mary Kennedy                         
                                                                           

            Spring is almost here (yes, I know it's supposed to be here right now, but the northeast hasn't gotten the memo. There's a bitter wind today with snow predicted this week-end. Oy!)  In spring, my thoughts turn to summer dresses, shorts and tank tops, bathing suits. In other words, there's nowhere to hide.
                                                                           
If you're thinking of losing a few pounds, be sure you don't sabotage your "healthy eating" plans by these sneaky saboteurs. Forewarned is forearmed!

One big diet buster is eating while watching TV.
                                                                         
         
So tempting and so dangerous. It's easy to be gripped by "automatic eating" when you're engrossed in your favorite TV program. A bowl of nuts or half a bag of chips can disappear in the space of a 30 minute show. It's dangerous because you're focusing on your program and not giving the food your full attention.

Another danger is "grazing." Do you ever walk through the kitchen and mindlessly grab a cookie? Or open the fridge, eat that sliver of pizza that's calling your name? Or grab a few chocolates from the candy dish in the den? It's easy to do and it can defeat your best diet efforts.  The best way to conquer "grazing," is to keep a food journal and write down every morsel you eat. It may seem tedious at first, but it really works to keep your food intake "real." Most people vastly underestimate how many calories they eat every day.
                                                                                 

 Eating on the go is equally dangerous. I know you live a fast-paced life, and it's tempting to eat in the car, but try not to.  These hidden calories can really add up and eating while driving rarely leaves you feeling satisfied.
                                                                         

Two other problematic behaviors are skipping meals and snacking. Unless you have the fridge and pantry filled with healthy snacks, it's a bad idea. When you snack, it's easy to make bad food choices in the heat of the moment. And if you're choosing a high carb, sugary snack, it will whet your appetite for more of the same. Think about it, when's the last time you snacked on a nice stalk of broccoli? It's more likely that you chose a donut! 
                                                                     
Keep your weight and blood sugar levels in balance by eating regular meals throughout the day. Set your watch alarm if you need to! And be sure to have a stash of healthy snacks at home, at work and in the car.

Hope these tips help!! And if you have some tips you'd like to share, I'd love to hear them.  Happy spring!

Mary Kennedy


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