TODAY’S POINT OF BALANCE: Check out what Australia is doing as an entire nation from MSN’s Health pages: they are committing to a week of healthy living! According to the MSN website, “the third annual Healthy Weight Week begins Jan. 24. With ‘Take 10 in 2010,’ the Dietitians Association of Australia is highlighting the wisdom of taking 10 small steps rather than trying a radical diet for losing weight and keeping it off.”
Here are their ten small steps, with my personal thoughts on each:
- Eat breakfast. This is so important to get your metabolism in gear. If you aren’t a breakfast person for whatever reason (not hungry, don’t like eggs, whatever), start with a piece of fruit or a piece of raisin bread toast.
- Include vegetables or salad with lunch and dinner. This is my healthy eating mantra. You can bulk up a meal with all sorts of veggies and know that what you are putting in your body is MUCH better than that piece of cake leftover from yesterday’s office birthday get together.
- Choose fruit as a snack. Instead of reaching for a Snickers, try an apple, orange, or another fruit you’ve never had before. I recently just purchased and opened my first pomegranate! Remember: fruit is nature’s candy! (Yes, I’m super cheesy on occasion.)
- Replace full fat food and drinks with reduced fat alternatives. An excellent piece of advice for those starting on the healthy eating journey. However, there are exceptions to this rule for me: my new found appreciation for plain greek yogurt. Still getting used to the tang factor.
- Choose whole grain foods instead of more refined foods. YES YES YES. The more whole grains, the better. I love subbing whole wheat flour in baking recipes. You did read the last post about my awesome popovers, right?! 🙂
- Eat smaller serving sizes by using smaller plates and cups. Love this tip. Try it at your next family smorgasbord extravaganza/holiday function: ask your host for an appetizer sized plate and hit the buffet with less space to fill.
- Eat slowly and stop when you are satisfied not stuffed full. Check out intuitive eating on wikipedia. TOTALLY makes sense, doesn’t it?!
- Eat when you genuinely feel hungry rather than for emotional or other reasons. More intuitive eating: When you are struck with a craving, think of HALT: am I Hungry, Anxious, Lonely or Tired? (In the original, the “A” I was “angry” and not “anxious” – I adjusted for my needs.) You’ll find that you are usually one of the last three letters and not the first.
- Swap sweetened beverages such as cordial, soft drink and juice with water. Directly from Lululemon’s manifesto: “Drink FRESH water and as much water as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.”
- Eat your evening meals at a dinner table with the TV turned off. I find I enjoy my meal so much more when sitting at the kitchen table vs. my couch (even though they are approximately five feet away from one another). I’m more aware of the flavors and textures of the food when not distracted by the nightly news or Inside Edition.
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO: My mid-January resolutions update!