Simple Strategies for Eating Well

Eating well comes down to making the right choices and having discipline.  Everyday, we’re all faced with tempting opportunities to overindulge. Yep, I too have those same struggles, but I’ve learned some effective ways to stay on track.  Here are two situations we all find ourselves in that may tempt us to lose control.  If you have similar struggles, here are a few strategies to help you make progress with your weight loss and healthy eating habits.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS –  Let’s face it…in our fast-paced society, fast food offers convenience when we don’t have much time.  So if you find yourself on-the-run and in the drive thru, here are some ways to stay on the healthy track:

  • Think small and order a kid’s meal
  • Order your sandwiches without mayo or special sauces and you’ll cut about 18 grams of fat
  • Remove 1/2 of the bun from your sandwich (less carbs)
  • If a meal comes with fries, substitute with a side salad
  • Bigger isn’t always better, so take the words “biggie” and “super” out of your fast food vocabulary
  • Learn more about what you’re eating from the nutritional analysis of each item on your favorite fast food restaurant’s website

Remember…Fast food doesn’t have to be “fat” food.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-BUFFETS – These restaurants are the perfect setup for diet sabotage.  It can be extremely difficult to have self-control when you’re presented with an array of choices at one time.  Here is an effective way to fight temptation when you have so much to choose from:

All All-You-Can-Eat buffets have a salad section, so start there.  Choose the red leaf, green leaf and romaine lettuce selections versus iceberg.  They have more nutritional value.  Then add tomatoes, broccoli, sprouts, carrots, nuts, cranberries, and just a drizzle of light or fat-free dressing.  Limit cheese, bacon bits and creamy dressings.  Next choose baked or grilled chicken or fish with steamed veggies.  Limit your portions of pasta, rice, potatoes, rolls and butter.  Lastly when you feel slightly full…stop eating!!

Changing your eating habits may be challenging, but with these practical strategies you’ll be able to maintain better eating habits and have greater weight loss success.  Here’s to a happier and healthier you!

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