Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | December 19, 2008

How to Improve Your Eating Habits: Part 5

  In my last post, I described 2 more steps you can take to improve your eating habits: start every meal with a serving of your favorite fruit and identify vegetables you enjoy and eat at least two servings per day.  Here are 2 final steps you can take to eat more healthfully (actually, these aren’t the final steps; I will be describing additional actions in the weeks and months to come):

1.  Read and understand food labels.  It is imperative that you know what you are putting in your body.  That has become easier in recent years with the inclusion of nutrition information on most foods.  Pay close attention to serving size, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugar and protein.  You may also want to monitor the amount of sodium, vitamins and minerals in each serving as well.  Most importantly, use this information to get a better understanding of your caloric and nutritional intake on a daily basis.

2.  Eat SOME of your favorite foods.  This might surprise you, but the truth is, eating plans that eliminate all of our favorite foods never work.  It’s a recipe for binge eating.  Besides, your eating habits should not bring additional stress to your life.  Focus on eating your favorite foods less frequently and in smaller amounts.  Not on eliminating them completely.  For example, eat one Krispy Kreme doughnut per day instead of two!

NEXT POST – December 22, 2008

5 Quick Tips for Eating Better During the Holidays

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