Hi Tasty25ers! We’re back with the 3rd tip in our Tasty25 “Nutrition Tips” series, which is for you to use moderation in your eating! Many of us often think of healthy eating as an all or nothing proposition; but a key foundation for any healthy & balanced diet is moderation. Despite what certain fad diet plans and diet gurus would have you believe, we all need a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to sustain a healthy body!
Below we’ve put together 2 IMPORTANT pointers on how to program your mind to become more food conscious about moderation, so make sure to learn ’em & live ’em! And remember to always be encouraged to stick with your healthy diet decisions; We believe in you, and we know that you can do it! Make sure to share anything additional that you’d like to add by commenting below, and Happy Cooking. -Tasty25 Staff
2 Important Tips on using Moderation in Your Diet:
Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits”! – When you “ban” certain foods or food groups entirely, it’s really natural to want those foods even more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation! If you are drawn towards sweet, salty, or unhealthy foods, you need to start by reducing portion sizes and not eating them as often. As you become more food conscious, you’re going to find yourself craving unhealthy foods much less, or think of them as only occasional indulgences. To find a healthy AND delicious recipe to replace unhealthy foods with, click HERE!
Think smaller portions! – Serving sizes have gotten wayyyyyyy out of control lately, especially in our restaurants. When dining out, choose a healthy appetizer instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend or family member, and DO NOT supersize anything! When you’re at the house, use smaller plates, think about your serving sizes in realistic terms, and start small. Also, visual cues can help with portion sizes—your serving of meat, fish, or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards. A teaspoon of oil or salad dressing is about the size of a matchbook and your slice of bread should be the size of a CD case. That may come across as corny, but sometimes the quirkiest things can help us to be food conscious!