Eating Habits and Nutrition

Eating Habits and Nutrition

Eating Habits and Nutrition
Three meals a day or five? That's only one aspect of the behavior known as eating habits. There is also the matter of style. Do you plan your meals or eat on the run - do you eat when you are happy, sad, or stressed - these are others. Recognizing your eating style can help you work to achieve healthier eating habits.

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    Be cautious about most restaurant soups. While soup may seem like a healthy choice, restaurant or takeout soups typically contain much more fat and sodium than homemade soups. The average cup of soup at a restaurant can contain 800 milligrams (mg) of sodium. If you want to eat soup, avoid cheesy or creamy soup options and choose a cup size instead of a bowl.
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    Choose baked, grilled, or broiled chicken, removing the skin if necessary, even from barbecued or fried chicken. Stir-fried and sautéed chicken with veggies are other tasty options (request that they use as little oil as possible). Pass up chicken entrées that include heavy cream sauces, or request the sauce on the side.
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    A good restaurant experience starts with getting educated about your dining choice. Going out to eat is a treat for many (including me) so I take going out seriously and only want to dine at places that have clean and thoughtful food. I never shy away from asking a lot of questions about menu items and being specific about how I want my food prepared. Communication is key. Most restaurants have websites (with their menus listed) so surely scour. And read customer reviews. 
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    Eating out in restaurants is certainly one of the biggest danger zones we have in the quest to make healthy eating choices. That’s because most (though not all) restaurants have no vested interest in your health; they have only a vested interest in running their business with foods that can give you immediate pleasure cheaply.

    That said, most restaurant owners are willing to work with you on your health needs if you talk to them and establish a relationship with them. Instead of trying a new place all the time, pick your three or four favorite restaurants and develop relationships with the chefs so that when you come in, they know how you like your food cooked and with what ingredients. Request that they make dishes with olive oil instead of butter, bring out platters of veggies instead of baskets of bread, add certain spices to replace sugar. These requests, of course, require educating yourself to know what you want to sub out and what you want to sub in.

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    I am going to answer a question with a question...
    • Why are you going to the mall in the first place?
    • Are you going to buy some clothes that make you look and feel your best?
    Maybe you have been working out vigorously and eating quite healthy. And now it is time to go get some new clothes that compliment all your sweat and sacrifice. Whatever your reason for going please consider this...

    Why woud you want to sabotage all your hard work by eating at the mall food court? I am not being sarcastic but supportive here. So think about it. Why?

    If your local food court looks like mine then you have the usual fast food burger chain, a sandwich place that does not use anything that resembles meat, a salad place that makes a mockery of the idea that salads are healthy.

    What else? Oh yeah! That place that serves "food" that makes you run for the bathroom instead of the border.

    To look and feel your best, you have to make the best decisions and eat the food that best serves your health and fitness lifestyle.

    So please consider eating at home before you leave for the mall. Perhaps, considering a mobile snack in your pocket like a portion of almonds, some beef jerky or even granola. If you are at the mall and get hungry; starve a little till you get home or maybe run to the nutrition store most malls have and try to find something healthy and low in sugar. You'll thank me when you put on the new clothes you just bought and they fit AOK!

    Oh yeah, one more...my food court has scary, suspicious looking, sushi-guy. Sushi can be healthy but do you think raw fish at the mall is really a quality culinary experience? Me neither.
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    As a busy entrepreneur myself, I know how easy it is to let your health habits slip when traveling. But the stress of travel (even fun travel) can take its toll on the body and mind, so it's crucial that you stay healthy by maintaining -- and even increasing -- your health habits.
    1. Drink more water. Double your water consumption when traveling - and make sure if you're flying you drink even more.
    2. Don't skimp on fresh produce. On the road we often eat at restaurants and skip the fresh produce. Add a salad and side of fruit to EVERY meal. Stash portable fruit like apples in your travel bag. Stop at a grocery store and stock up on healthy snacks for your hotel room.
    3. When traveling we are often cramming in a lot of activity into a condensed time period, making it difficult to squeeze in exercise. If this is the case for you, download one of the many exercise apps with workouts you can do using your own body weight in your hotel room. At the very least do some sit-ups, push-ups and planks to keep your body engaged. 
    Traveling can be fun and exciting but also hugely draining on your body. Keep it at tip-top shape for higher productivity on the job while away and long-term health when you return. And don't forget the hand sanitizer!
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    Many people mistakenly believe they're making a good dieting choice by skipping breakfast. Others think that they don't have time. They can barely bolt a cup of coffee before it's time to leave for work. If this is the case with you, try "blender blasters" or "smoothies," which you can make very quickly. These are delicious and usually contain fruit and other healthy ingredients. For example, try the "Double Strawberry Blender Blast". Just take 3 cups (12 ounces) of fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries, 1 cup of fat-free milk or light soy milk, 1 cup (6 ounces) of strawberry sorbet, blend together, and in minutes you've got a delicious blast of nutrition. Or try the "Frothy Raspberry-Orange Smoothie", which is 2 cups of nonfat milk or 1 percent vanilla soy milk, 2 ripe medium bananas, 2 cups of frozen raspberries, and 2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate. Again, simply blend and enjoy. Or "Linda D's Orange Fruit Smoothie": Add 2 cups of cut-up honeydew melon, 2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries, 2 cups of frozen raspberries or other berries, 2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate, 4 ice cubes, and 1 large tablespoon of quick oats. Blend together for a delicious treat. These blasters all take less than five minutes to prepare from start to finish.

    There are other ways to work breakfast into a hectic schedule. Anything you can eat on the go (in line at the bus stop, or in your car, but not if you're driving!) can make breakfast possible even for the busiest person. You'll usually want to eat in only a couple of special places. However, in this case, the antiaging benefits of breakfast justify eating elsewhere. Carry a small bag of cereal with you to munch on as you drive to work. Or pack a low-fat yogurt. Buy small boxes of real juice, not "juice drinks" or "juice cocktails" and carry them in your purse or briefcase. Keep plenty of fruit around, to start the day and to munch on between meals. Becoming a breakfast-eater can make your RealAge (physiologic age) as much as three years younger. That's not even counting the RealAge benefits from all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and fiber you get from eating nutritious food.
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    It's not time to put away the grill just yet. Use these final days of the summer grilling season to add protein to your diet with lean meat and poultry.

    What constitutes lean?
    • Look for cuts that include the words "round," such as top round or bottom round, or "loin", such as sirloin, tenderloin and top loin. Flank steak is also a lean cut.
    • Making hamburgers? Look for options labeled 95 percent lean ground beef.
    • When choosing poultry, select skinless cuts.
    • If you have a fattier cut of meat, make it leaner by trimming off visible, solid fat before grilling.
    Leave room on the grill for some veggies, too. Late summer favorites include grilled corn on the cob, eggplant, carrots and beets.
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    When you’re out to dinner, choose a pasta dish made with a red sauce, rather than heavy sauces made with butter, cream, cheese, meat, or too much oil. White clam sauce is fine, too. If you want pasta all’olio (oil), enjoy it as a side dish rather than as a main entrée. As a side dish (because it doesn’t contain veggies or protein), pasta with garlic and oil can be a good choice. In fact, if you make it from home, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your pasta a spritz from your oil bottle. Add flavor with garlic, red pepper flakes, a little minced parsley, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Whatever pasta dish you order, stick to a 1-cup serving, and skip the bread.
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    What are the health risks of eating undercooked or rare meat?
    Health risks of eating undercooked or rare meat include ingesting dangerous bacteria, worms and parasites. In this video, infectious disease specialist Dalilah Restrepo, MD, explains toxoplasmosis, its symptoms, and who is at the greatest risk.