Make March the month you make sound eating habits!

National Nutrition Month continues  this week as I am going to talk about making sound eating habits.  This is the month that could change your life forever! By following these basic nutrition rules you may never have to worry about your weight or your health again.

1) Obtain reasonable goals:  There is nothing worse then setting yourself up for disappointment by making goals that are just not attainable.  For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds before your summer vacation and you aren’t committed to any exercise and aren’t willing to cut back on the extras, then you might as well kiss that bathing suit goodbye.  If you however, are willing to try to cut down on portion size and willing to give up your midnight snack then you should be okay with yourself to settle for losing 5 and up to 10 pounds.  Remember it probably took a while for you to gain the extra weight so you should allocate some time in taking it off as well

2) Small & Few Between: I’m not talking about your dress size here, I’m talking about portion size and calories.  It’s good to start your metabolism right away and have something small to eat shortly after you wake up.  Having big meals early doesn’t save much room for allotted calories for the rest of the day, so don’t use up your calories early in the day by having big portions.  All of your meals should be roughly the same amount of calories.   Have small 100 calorie snacks in between meals to give you something to look forward to and make it so you aren’t depriving yourself.  Planning meals ahead of time, substituting calorie-ridden drinks with water, and alcohol and sweets in moderation are some ways you can manage your eating habits.

3) Don’t fall for fad diets:– Unfortunately taking short cuts will only harm you in the long run.  Any diet claiming to shed pounds fasts come with the caveat that you will eventually gain all that weight back once you stop the regime.  Harness all that energy into obtaining sound eating habits by following American Dietetic Association’s food pyramid: Healthier_Eating-Getting_Where_You_Need_to_Be-1.  By focusing on the foods you can have will make the whole process more positive.

4) Become High Maintenance– It’s not too much for you to demand excellence from yourself is it?  At the same time you have to become accountable and adaptable in order to make it all work for you.  It’s easy to gain your 20 pounds back after losing it because your body goes into catch-up mode.  It is important to keep writing down your calories, weighing yourself, and not putting yourself in vulnerable situations.  Other life-long weight- maintenance tips include: always have breakfast, keep a low-fat low-calorie diet, and keep moving; exercise is the secret.

5) Be Positive I know it is hard to keep positive when the weight of your decisions are upon you (yes, pun is intended here).  If you are serious about sticking to sound eating habits then being positive is the way to do it.  If you are having trouble with the commitment aspect, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  There are many resources sites that offer encouragement and tips for success.  The American Dietetic Association has dedicated this entire month in providing you with the tools you need to get it right.  Hit up friends for support.  Know that eating sound is a process and that one bad day doesn’t define you.

Check out www.eatright.org for more tips on how to make more sound eating habits.

Stay tuned all month for tips on proper nutrition

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tom Stady
    Mar 22, 2010 @ 06:46:16

    All good points. I’m 60 yrs young, and have never been much of of breakfast eater. However, in recent years, have been making a daily morning drink of Dextronized Stabilized Rice Bran (DSRB), mixed with Rice Milk, and one packet of Stevia for sweetner, and sometimes add frozen berries and half a bananna blend in blender for a deliciously healthy smoothie! DSRB is considered a Super Food loaded with nutrition, over 100 antioxidants, and about 70 calories per serving! Compare that to a serving of Eggs, white toast,bacon,sasuage, and hash browns!!
    DSRB has also been shown in studies to help conditions such as Diabetes,Heart Disease, Chrons Disease, Fibermialga,and IBS.

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  2. Trackback: “What Is Dextrinized Stabilized Rice Bran?” « Have your cake and eat it too!

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