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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Winter Blues

Is it really going to be spring this week? Well it sure does not feel like spring in the Northeast!  Sometimes this time of year is difficult when you are trying to eat healthy and make smart food choices.   We can't help ourselves but reach for "comfort foods" such as cookies (those darn Girl Scout cookies!), chocolate and other starchy items.  Eating these foods make our neurotransmitters fire happy signals which makes us feel good. But it doesn't last long does it?  I've been off my routine for over a month now, with a recent move, sicknesses going around the home, and a family trip.  The lack of exercise in my schedule has caused me to feel tired and eat more (sound familiar?).   In addition, I've seen the scale start to go the wrong direction:(

Lets beat these winter blues, spring is right around the corner! Starting April 1st, our office is moving to 721 East Lancaster Avenue at the Impala Building in Downingtown. To celebrate this new change and recharge our health and fitness goals, I challenge everyone to the 30 DAY CHALLENGE! Starting April 1st I challenge you and your families to only eat nutrient filled foods such as:
  • Whole grains-only foods with 3 grams of fiber or more per serving and whole grains as the first ingredient.
  • Fruits-including unsweetened dried fruit, canned fruit in its own juice and fresh fruit (NOT JUICE)
  • Vegetables
  • Low fat dairy or high calcium and vitamin D foods such as low fat cheese sticks, almond milk, yogurt, etc.
  • Lean proteins such as fish, beans and tofu (try Gimme Lean Tofu Sausage.....guarantee you won't notice the difference!)
  • Healthy fats such as flax seed, nut butters, vegetable oils, and nuts. 

 If you can avoid foods that do not fit in these groups (such as candy, doughnuts, cookies, cakes, soda, alcohol, soft pretzels, fried foods, etc) you are well on your way to reaching your health goals!  Research has been pointing to avoiding foods high in fat, salt and sugar may curb your cravings.  Its worth a try to see if it curbs you cravings right?  Let's get ready for SUMMER!

I wish you lots of luck and health as you do the 30 DAY CHALLENGE!


The Dieting Dietitian