Start The New Year On The Right Track

Each year most people make some New Year’s resolutions.  Each year these same people break these New Year’s resolutions within a short time.  In fact, some resolutions are not kept for even one day.

If your resolution for the new year is to eat healthier there is hope.  If you want to lose weight  or simply treat your body better, New Year’s Day is a great time to get started. There is no reason to delay your healthy eating plan until all the Christmas goodies have been devoured.   Once you have succeeded in eating healthy for that first day the second day and those following days will become easier.

When you want to slim down you don’t want to load up on simple carbohydrates and alcoholic beverage to celebrate the coming year.  Instead fix something that is lower in carbohydrates, low in fat, and is still delicious.

You want to begin the year by understanding portion sizes.  Understand that a serving of meat is not meant to cover your entire plate.  Desserts should be limited to special treats and not be the ending for every dinner.

It will help control portion size if you downsize to a plate smaller than the usual dinner plate.  On your plate you want to use one-half of the plate for fruit and non-starchy vegetables, one-quarter of the plate for protein and one-quarter for grains.

When you are trying to determine portion size you might visualize a 3-ounce serving of meat as a deck of cards or the size of the palm of your hand; 3 ounces of fish is the size of a checkbook; 1 ½ ounces of cheese equals the size of 3 dice; 1 cup is the size of a baseball while one-half cup is the size of  a tennis ball;  one teaspoon is the size of a poker chip.  This gives you some idea of portion sizes,

You want to not only rethink the amount you eat, you want to rethink the way you prepare your food.  There is no reason to use a lot of fat and fry everything in order to get flavor. When cooking use seasonings that contain little or no calories and still add savory flavor to your meals.  Herbs and seasonings are the cooks best friend because they help banish blandness and make foods more flavorful. Use a little healthy fat for cooking if you are making something special and want to splurge.

Instead of cooking one huge meal each day try preparing several smaller meals and space them throughout the day.  This way of eating may help produce optimal result.

Food is the fuel your body needs to properly perform its duties.  Unfortunately, too many of us enjoy eating food too much and regularly overindulge.  When we eat too much it prevents our bodies from working properly.

Each of us should learn what amount of food provides the optimal number of calories for our dietary needs.  Start your healthier lifestyle by eating healthy one day and then following up and eating healthy the next day and the next and so on.  New Year’s Day is the perfect day to begin a new way of eating.  Take this opportunity to become a healthier person.