SIMPLE RULES FOR EATING SMARTER AND HEALTHIER
Want to eat smarter and healthier? Here are a few simple, common-sense rules that make it easy to make healthy food choices. (These come from MSNBC.)
• If you can’t grow it, don’t eat it. Carrots obviously come from the ground, and milk comes from cows. Where do blueberry muffins come from? If your best guess is “aisle 6,” pass ’em up! When foods are heavily-processed, they have fewer nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Even when a chemist adds them back after processing, it’s still not as healthy as whole foods you can actually identify.
• Also: Read the back of the box first. According to registered dieticians, the front is all advertising. If you want the facts, look at the back. She also points out that the more ingredients there are, the more artificial ingredients were mixed in during processing.
• The crunchier the better. Snacks that offer a big, satisfying crunch keep your mouth busy longer. The more you chew, the slower you eat, which means your body has more time to register fullness. We’re talking crunchy apples, celery, carrots, and nuts, not potato chips.
• If it’s not around, you can’t eat it. Say you’re on the sofa, watching Dancing with the Stars and you get an urge for Cheetos. If you just have to walk to the kitchen, you’re more likely to grab a bag and attack it. However, if you have to put on your shoes, find your keys and drive to 7-11 — and miss part of your show — laziness will win out over the Cheetos.
• You don’t have to finish every bite. We’re conditioned to think that if we don’t eat everything on our plate, we’re being wasteful. However, if you keep munching after you’re already full, you’re just packing on the pounds. Bottom line: If there’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow, put it in the fridge. Otherwise, toss it in the trash.