What a beautiful summer day to bring you some tips on healthy eating. I know that I occasionally fall off the wagon and need to improve my eating habits. Well, bathing suit season is upon us (who’s ready for the beautiful GC pool?), but who ever wants to diet?? No one! Nutritionist and Garden City resident Lisa Licari is here to help with some easy tips that will render dieting a thing of the past!
Me when I think of dieting:
I was invited to write a post for Inside Garden City, so I thought I would introduce myself. I have to admit, I am probably not what you would think of as your typical “nutritionist”. To start with, my two favorite foods are bacon and butter. And anything chocolate. I also believe wine is one of the greatest inventions of man. Thankfully, the last 2 foods, wine and chocolate, have some benefits that help me balance out the first two. I include all foods in my diet as a true omnivore and embrace my Italian heritage. Vegetarianism and low carb diets not only don’t work for me, they tend to make me very angry. Despite all this, my health is excellent as per my doctor. There is a way to make it all work! Here are some basic tips:
1. Don’t buy crap. Food the way it came from the ground (or the cow) is always best. The less processed, the better. When buying packaged foods, read the ingredients. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, you probably shouldn’t buy it or feed it to your family. Check out Trader Joe’s if you haven’t already. It has lots of great snacks with ingredients you can pronounce.
2. Your eyes are ALWAYS bigger than your stomach. Take your time with eating and portion control. One helping is usually enough. Choose treats that are REALLY worth it.
3. Listen to your mother- EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES- REALLY! Low cal, fiber, antioxidants, etc. When shopping, buy 4 kinds of fruit for variety, plan one veggie per night you are cooking at home, plus veggies to snack on with hummus or spinach dip, and lettuce and veggies for daily salad. Do this to balance out the indulgences (fried foods, cured meats, eating out) and fill you up so you don’t overdo it.
4. Fail to plan and you plan to fail- Know what you are going to eat for 3 meals and a snack for the upcoming week and shop accordingly.
5. Love what God gave you- Garden City is full of beautiful people and they are all shapes and sizes. Strive to be healthy, not to look like the girls in your Bunko group. Exercise because it is fun and it is a way to show yourself you love YOU. Give that gift to yourself and to your family.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or post and I will be happy to answer.
Make a change. For you. For Good!
Lisa Licari, RDN, CDN, is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. Her private practice, Permanent Change Nutrition, is located in Garden City and she accepts most insurance plans.
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