So as we think about healthy food for 2010, here are some thoughts to get you going on all of the top three resolutions and still keep you on budget.
Healthy eating means to ditch the extreme diets. People almost always fail when trying to follow extreme diet plans, because diets are difficult for many of us to stick with over time. So instead of eliminating certain foods or paying for diet plans, try writing down what you eat for several days, and evaluate where you can cut back 100 calories per day. Much of the health data indicates that cutting back by 100 calories per day can lead to sustainable weight loss of pound a month.
When thinking about cutting calories, don’t forget to think about your drinks. Cutting out sugary drinks such as soda and other sweetened beverages, can be a quick way to save 150 -200 calories. Try drinking tap water or other non- sugary drinks. To get started here’s a free website to help you track your calories and other tips for healthy eating www.Sparkpeople.com
Healthy eating and losing weight also means not skipping meals. Individuals who successfully lose weight and keep it off are those who consistently report eating breakfast. A morning meal rich in fiber such as whole grains and small amounts protein slows the passage of food through the digestive system and provides you with a more satisfying feeling. This feeling of fullness helps curb appetite to keep you satisfied for 3-4 hours until you’re ready for a healthy snack or lunch.
For the same price as you pay for a sugary donut or muffin and coffee to go, a healthy bowl of oatmeal or muesli with fruit can satisfy, provide fewer calories, and maintain blood sugar levels to start your day off toward maintaining your goal. Check out these power breakfast ideas to fuel your day. http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/hilary_meyer/2009_07_15/power_breakfasts_to_fuel_your_day
Fill your plate with colorful vegetables throughout the day. There are many more vegetables to try other than lettuce and tomatoes! Bright-colored and dark green leafy vegetables are especially loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. They are also high in fiber, which as mentioned makes them very filling. In addition, they are low in calories – good to help trim the waistline. When you fill up your stomach with veggies, you will be less likely to feel the urge to binge on other high-fat or processed foods.
To save on food costs, look for fresh produce that is in-season. Right now, citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, and clementines are reasonably priced. Collard greens, kale and turnips, squashes, and sweet potatoes are all lower priced. Watch your grocery flyers for sales on frozen vegetables without sauce and stock up. Here’s a link to check out winter fruits and vegetables. http://www.foodfit.com/healthy/healthywinterfoods.asp
Try getting organized and begin with planning your meals. This step will save you money and time. If you plan out what you are having for meals, you can utilize foods for more than one meal to reduce waste, for example chicken from dinner meal can be added to a tortilla wrap with fresh veggies for an easy to prepare lunch. This will save you from spending extra on take out lunches.
For new ideas on planning your meals, check out many of the popular women magazines in grocery stores, they often promote weekly or month menus that are cost effective on the budget. Here is on-line link to support menu planning. http://www.mealsmatter.org/MealPlanning/MealPlanner/index.aspx
So as a New Year begins, let’s look toward healthier ideas that will save money, time, and will be high in nutrients but low in calories to keep us well in 2010.
Happy New Year everyone!