One of the best ways to manage your weight is to avoid eating at “fast food” restaurants. Regular home-cooked meals—which tend to be lower in calories, sugar, and fat—give you better options. Typically, home-cooked meals are more nourishing and less likely to cause cravings that result in overeating and weight gain.
Steps to help you Get Cooking:
- If you don’t usually cook, start gradually. Make it a goal to cook once a week and work up to cooking more often.
- Plan ahead as this can help you make better food choices. Use a meal planner and prepare an organized grocery list every week. Always keep healthy staples on hand, such as dried fruit, whole wheat pasta, frozen vegetables and “no-salt-added” canned vegetables, and frozen seafood.
- Take your list and go food shopping once a week. It is less stressful and time-consuming than attempting to navigate through the grocery aisles multiple weeknights after work. This way, you can avoid staring into your fridge wondering, “What’s for dinner?” or resort to a drive thru.
- Try prepping dishes the night before or in the morning. Cutting up veggies for the salad or side dish can help save time after work. Also try cooking a big meal on the weekend and then eating the leftovers during the week or freeze the extras.
- Experiment with healthy recipes and look for ways to make your favorite recipes healthier. For example, use spices and herbs to add more flavor instead of adding salt or fat.
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Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, MS, RD
Spring is here! Are you ready to get back to your healthy eating habits? I can help you find simple ways to get back on track so you can feel better, have more energy, and lose some weight.
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