Here's a little reminder of some of the tried-and-true tips that will help to keep you slim:
[ ] Even with the weather turning colder, be sure to keep exercise in your weekly schedule.
[ ] Drink low fat or non-fat milk. A cup of skim milk has only about 90 calories, but still has plenty of protein and calcium.
[ ] Eat a variety of foods, including five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy them as snacks, side dishes, and entrees!
[ ] Include lean, high protein foods in your daily food plan. These include lean meat, chicken, fish, and beans and lentils (legumes).
[ ] Eat whole grains often. Switch to whole grain bread and pasta, which provide fiber, B vitamins and iron.
[ ] Drink plenty of water. Aim for at least six 8-ounce glasses a day.
[ ] Eat breakfast. Studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to eat less throughout the day, and are less likely to be overweight.
[ ] Serve yourself smaller portions, and choose smaller portions in restaurants or plan to take some home. And avoid super sizing even if it feels like better value.
[ ] Avoid categorizing foods as "good" or "bad" and don't eliminate foods that might set you up for a binge later on.
[ ] Stay away from fad diets. Instead, focus on changing your habits that lead to weight gain.
Post this list on your refrigerator, and check them off as they become habits. Stick to these tips and whatever else you've discovered works for you, and you'll keep moving in the right direction.
Megan Porter, RD