Dietary Advice for the Spring Season
Monday, May 12, 2014
Winter is the time for comfort food. Spring is the time when we sit up and wonder where those extra pounds have come from. If this sounds like your household, you may be in dire need of a good spring diet.
- At this stage most of your meals are still warm, but they do not have to be big. Help your family with portion control by making dishes beforehand and scooping them into moderately-sized containers to keep in the fridge. For many of us the tendency to over-eat is linked with the inclination to finish everything that is in front of us. It might also help to buy smaller plates and to keep frozen portions in the freezer in smaller bags.
- Make it easier for yourself to cook healthy meals. Buy peeled and sliced vegetables and keep easy-to-defrost lean poultry or fish in the freezer for easy stews and stir fries. Most of us are inclined to grab at the quickest easiest meal first. That is, after all, why we consume bread in such high quantities.
- As the daylight hours increase, there is more time to eat. Snacks are generally good. They ensure that we eat frequent smaller meals and that we are not half starved when sitting down for lunch and supper. But replace the comfort snacks that are sitting on your kitchen counter with fresh or even dried fruit. Nuts are also much healthier than the chocolate on which everyone likes to munch, because it is protein- rather than sugar-rich.
- Stick with cooked cereals like oatmeal that have a lot fewer calories than dried cereals. As it gets warmer, we are tempted to start the day with dried cereals with cold milk. You can add some variety to your oatmeal breakfast by adding nuts, dried fruit and cinnamon. Eggs are also good twice a week. Breads that are low on the glycemic index digest slower so are also vastly superior to dried cereal.
- If you have re-started your exercise program, remember to stay hydrated with water and non-sweetened juice. Sweetened coffee and tea add a lot of calories to your diet.
Once you insert these practices into your daily routine, you will be surprised how easy they are to maintain.