Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moderation is Key


I think too often people think of eating healthy as all or nothing.  Clients frequently tell me they think I'm going to tell them to completely avoid all sorts of foods, but that isn't the answer!   The foundation to a healthy diet is moderation.  Contrary to fad diets, you do need a combination of protein, carbs, and fat, plus vitamins and minerals.  These two key thoughts below will help with moderation and keeping your healthy eating in perspective!  


  • Try not to think of certain foods as “off limits.” When you ban certain foods or food groups, it is natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation.  Who wants to feel like a failure??  Not a good plan here.  If you are drawn towards sweet, salty or unhealthy foods, start by reducing portion sizes and not eating them as often.  Try finding alternatives, such as a lower sodium version, or reduced sugar!  As you work on that, you will find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.

  • Think smaller portions. Serving sizes have exploded in recent years, especially in restaurants. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entrĂ©e, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.  At home, use smaller plates, think about serving sizes in realistic terms and start small.  Visual cues can help with portion sizes—a tennis ball is the cue for a medium sized piece of fruit. A teaspoon of oil or salad dressing is about the size of a matchbook when you pour it in the pan and your pancake should be the diameter of a CD or DVD.  (I say diameter because I recently told my husband it should be the size of a DVD and he pointed out that was pretty thin ha!)

  • I found this here and thought they did a great job!

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