Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This was taken from my local newspaper:
1: Poor Meal Planning
Taking a few minutes to plan out weekly meals before shopping for the week will save you money, calories and time.
2: Too Many Meals Away From Home
Restaurants and take-out always will mean super-sized portions, along with more calories and sodium.
3: Too Many Processed Foods
Opt for mostly fresh and whole foods and read labels to help make the smartest choices when you do go for more highly processed goods.
4: Too Much Added Sugar
Sugar is lurking in places you might not expect, like whole-grain cereals, salad dressings, condiments and breads. Take inventory of the total sugar in your diet and find ways to cut back on those empty calories.
5: Mindless Eating
Instead of just eating when hungry, many of us grab food when we're bored, tired, stressed, happy or sad.
6: Not Eating Together
Along the same lines as eating mindlessly comes eating while distracted, over-scheduled and in multiple shifts.
7: Eating on the Run
Leaving the house for a busy day without packed snacks or meals sets the stage for diet disaster.
8: Giant Portion Sizes
You think you can eyeball portions, but have you really ever measured out your morning cereal, spoonfuls of peanut butter or olive oil for cooking? Just do it a few times to give yourself some perspective.
9: Too Many Liquid Calories
Sip on calorie-free beverages like water, unsweetened teas and seltzers in place of high-calorie drinks.
10: Not Eating Enough Throughout the Day.
Avoid stuffing yourself in the afternoon and evening by spreading out calories, starting with a healthy breakfast.