I feel the need to quickly clear something up. This is for all the naysayers out there who think that canned foods are “bad” for you. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like anything you buy that is in any type of packaging you need to read the nutrition facts panel and ingredient list and see what it provides. If it hadn’t been for me keeping canned foods in the house I would of never been able to create the delicious and nutritious pasta meal featured above in less than 15 minutes flat. All I can say, is thank goodness for canned artichokes and canned white beans; I couldn’t of done it without you! Of course, having olive oil and pasta on hand too, definitely helps.
In this week’s The Keri Report:
- You Ask, I Answer: “How do I stay on track during the day and avoid mindless eating?”
- Bad eating habits even nutritionists have — and how to fix them
- Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?
You Ask: “How do I stay on track during the day and avoid mindless eating?”
I Answer: Sure, during our busy days, it can be all too easy to make less than ideal eating choices and graze our way through less than ideal meals and snacks.
So, here are 5 tips I think can keep you full, alert, and mindful, so it’s much easier to make smarter decisions ALL day long.
Start the day with a BANG.
Eating a balanced breakfast may help you jumpstart your metabolism and provide important nutrients in the diet. It may even increase cognitive function at work or school. One of my fav protein-rich options is oatmeal made with non-fat milk and topped with a small banana, TBSP of nut butter, and chia seeds.
Lunch in PEACE.
Slow down!! At lunchtime, try to step away from your computer or work. Trust me, I know this is hard! Multitasking has been proven to lead to overeating and eating too quickly. Try to take a break, listen to your body’s natural hunger cues, and enjoy your meal.
When afternoon cravings hit, look for snacks that are nutrient-dense to keep you satisfied instead of empty calorie snacks from the vending machine. My favorite snacks pair a fruit or vegetable with protein, such as a 5.5 oz. can of V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice*, which provides a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C, plus 1 full serving of vegetables, with a string cheese. Win, win!
Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. It will help you stay alert and keep your body functioning properly. Aim to drink 64 oz. or 8 glasses of water a day. Seltzer, water infused with lemon, or other beverages with no added sugar, such as a 5.5-ounce can of V8®, count toward this goal as well and add variety to your drink choices!
Avoid late night temptations by keeping healthy “treats” on hand to avoid ruining a healthy day of eating with a high-calorie dessert as well as keeping cigarettes completely out of the house! One idea is to start using e-cigarettes with a cart in order to gradually break the habit. Foodwise, you could have up to three cups of delicious, crunchy popcorn. It is lower in calories than items like potato chips or pretzels, and includes antioxidants, plus you’ll receive whole grains and fiber! P.S. And you already know how well it goes with TV watching!
*Disclosure: I have partnered with V8® as part of The V is for Vegetables™ campaign. I was compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
It’s confession time!!! You can thank my RD bestie, Bonnie Taub-Dix, for finding out some of our deepest and darkest secrets. Ha, OK – maybe I’m exaggerating! Anyhow, most of you who know me are probably thinking I confess about my love for French fries and martinis, but NO! And why is that? Because I would never admit to either of those being a bad habit. 🙂 Read on….
Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work? – Allure Magazine
And once again, we have the silver dollar question – or should I say, questions? I actually think the question should be: “When will it end?” What I mean by that is this; when will the average person who wants to lose weight realize that they need to change their eating behaviors and overall lifestyle and not have to eliminate an entire food group? I surely hope sooner than later…. BUT then what would magazines have to write about?