The never-ending dietIt’s 2016 and many of us still think we have enough will power to stay on a diet plan forever. However, restaurants and grocery stores have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves to get us to eat more. RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU There are value-meals, supersized drinks and meals, incredible burgers and salads that add up to extra calories and end up on our waist. We have to be aware of these strategies and how to outsmart them.
Stay on trackHere are some tips for healthy eating and resisting the restaurant’s wiles.
1. Be mindful of mindless eatingSitting in front of the TV with a bag of crisps is a quick way to sabotage your healthy eating plan. Make a point of choosing healthy snacks for TV time such as garlic hummus with fresh vegetables. If you absolutely must have a chip, choose baked, whole-grain chips.
2. Set a limitCarry a small notebook with you and jot down all the junk food items you want to purchase and its price. Before you get to the check out counter, ask yourself if the price and extra calories are really worth it. Set a limit of 5% of your grocery store budget for junk food. This will ensure you do not exceed that each time you go to the store. It will help keep you on track.
4. Forget the fat-free productsThose fat-free cookies are not really a bargain if you end up eating the whole bag. The same goes for fat-free salad dressings – they are full of sugar. Claims on the front like “high in calcium” or “reduces the risk of heart disease” make us think they are a healthier option. Read the label and be aware of serving size, calories, fat grams and sodium content.
5. Create an emergency food stockThis can be for your home, car, office, purse or briefcase. Good emergency food choices include: -Nuts and dried fruits
-Apple and almond butter
-Hummus (your choice of flavor) with fresh vegetables
-Protein Bars with at least 15 grams of protein that is sweetened naturally with no artificial flavorings or sweeteners Sherry L. Granader