Five Tips to Sensible Eating and Weight-Control
We seem to be bombarded by hundreds of diet fads that come and go, and leave us searching for that elusive magic pill that can work wonders on shedding those extra pounds! Unfortunately, there are no magic bullets or quick fixes when it comes to maintaining good health and the ideal weight, other than two things: what we put into our body and how we move it!
1.Eat slowly and chew your food well – remember digestion begins in the mouth! People who gobble their food fast…tend to put on weight fast!
Why? It takes 20 minutes for the brain to signal that you are full.
2.Practice portion control – this is crucial for weight management. Measure out your pasta, cereals, and especially desserts, and resist the temptation to go for seconds. More importantly, watch your snacks and alcohol drinks at parties –They are loaded with unwanted calories! Avoid diet colas at all cost – they trick your metabolism!
3.Keep a food diary – keep track of everything you eat for a week, and how much? It makes you accountable and helps you identify areas for improvement. Do a quick calculation of how many calories you are consuming, or get someone to help you with this.
4.Not just what you eat, but when you eat is also a key factor in weight control. Eat a light nutritious breakfast which includes fruit. Eat your main meal at Mid-day when your digestive fires are burning. Eat supper early. Eat two snacks like fruit, nuts, yogurt between meals and drink plenty of water.
5.Discover the power of thermo-genic herbs and spices (eg. Ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne) to speed up your metabolism and burn calories!
The path to wholesome eating style is individual, and should fit your lifestyle and tastes. There are many experts who can help, but choose someone who listens to your needs and works with you to make your diet realistic and enjoyable!
Submitted by: Jini Aroon, Cooking Instructor, Delta, BC
Jini has an avid interest and experience in Food and Nutrition, having worked as a Nutrition consultant for several years. She has also been teaching practical and healthy cooking classes for 20 years in Delta and Vancouver, BC