Eating healthily in the New Year

Rather than focusing on what we don’t want to do, let’s focus on what we do want to do.

Taking that perspective will help you in your efforts to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Getting into a positive thinking pattern is of the upmost importance in your weight-loss programme; it’s probably the most important thing you can do.

Schedule meals and snacks according to your individual body’s requirements for energy and nutrition, every 3-4-5 hours.

Eat regularly. Skipping meals usually results in overeating later.

Eat breakfast, even if it’s at 10am.

Eat slowly and enjoy food (email [email protected] as to why)

Do nothing else while eating. No television, reading, computer work, working at desk or eating in your car.

Sit down to eat. No standing in front of the refrigerator.

Eat a high-fibre, lower fat diet.

Eat a green salad daily as a disease prevention measure.

Think ahead and plan for meals

Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.

Avoid eating or drinking out of Styrofoam containers.

Limit processed and packaged products (cookies, biscuits, cakes); the world of cellophane has little to offer us in nutrition.

Reduce and eliminate sodas and reduce high-sugar drinks.

Drink alcohol, coffee and tea in moderation.

Replace aspartame and artificial sweeteners and any products containing them. Go natural.

Practice eating in moderation.

Weigh yourself once a week and avoid daily checks. Weight fluctuates randomly. A seven-day check is more accurate.

Finally, think about what you can do, not what you can’t. You can lose weight…

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