For those who made a resolution to lose weight this year, you may be wondering where to start. Many people believe they should stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. But registered dietician Christine Palumbo says you shouldn’t skip the aisles because you’ll leave out a lot of healthy options: brown rice, whole wheat bread, and canned vegetables.
“All the ingredients that you can put in your pantry to make it easy to provide a healthy meal for your family in minutes are right there,” said Palumbo.
When you’re heading to the produce section, she says you should choose
the colors of the rainbow to get the fruits and vegetables you need.
“It will help ensure that you eat a balanced diet that will give you the nutrients that you need,” she said.
Don’t feel guilty about eating frozen or canned fruits and veggies.
“Definitely have all those in your repertoire, the nutrition is very similar,” said Palumbo.
When you’re trying to keep a healthier diet, there’s more than choosing the right foods. An easy thing you can do at home? Stop eating when you’re 80% full and let your body catch up to you.
“That allows your stomach to signal the brain ‘Hello up there! I’m full! I’ve had enough,’” she said. “That takes about 15 or 20 minutes, so by eating a little bit less then you’re going to satisfy yourself.”
Getting back into the kitchen and away from the fast food is a great way to control your sodium intake and portion sizes. To best do that, plan your meals in advance and then do your shopping. You’ll have the ingredients, and when you have a plan, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Palumbo also says getting more sleep can help with your diet because sleep deprivation can make you feel hungrier.
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