Five D’s to Avoid Mindless Eating

Do you find yourself eating when you’re not hungry? In this article, “Six Ways to Avoid Mindless Eating,” author Amanda Chan quotes registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet. To avoid mindless snacking, Gans suggests the Five D’s: delay, determine, distract, distance, and decide. Wait before you grab that bag of chips. Decide if you are in fact hungry. If not, distract yourself with something else (go for a walk?) or distance yourself from the tempting snack. As you start your day, think about and prepare your snacks and meals so you don’t find yourself starving and at the vending machine or fast-food window.

2011 Health Cleanse

Happy New Year!  Did you make any resolutions this year?

While I am not going for any grand sweeping changes, I am starting a cleanse on Monday.  Nothing crazy – organic fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean protein.  My goal is to become more mindful of what and how I eat and to get myself bikini ready for Hawaii in one month.  Talk about motivation!

If you would like to join me or just try some new healthy recipes keep your eyes peeled here over the next three weeks.

If you want to get the jump on next week try cutting back or eliminating your coffee, alcohol and white sugar over the weekend.  Start your day tomorrow with a fruit smoothie.  Here’s an easy recipe: two cups of water, 2-3 pears, chopped and seeded, a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh ginger, juice from 1/2 a lemon, 4-5 kale leaves.  Throw all the ingredients in a blender (add a tablespoon of honey if you like) and enjoy!

For more yummy smoothie ideas check out the Raw Family website.

Here is an article about detox cleanses from the Seattle Times, and here is one from Women’s Health with a sample daily menu.  Yes you will get to eat real food!

I would love to hear your feedback as far as what is working for you or what dietary changes you may be struggling with.

Seven Smart Travel Snacks

I know a lot of you are traveling this summer and healthy eating on the go may present a challenge.   A small stash of snacks may keep you and your little ones (or significant other) from having a hunger induced meltdown.  Here are seven plane – friendly options that are easy to pack and carry:

• Crackers with cheese or peanut butter
• Pretzels
• Fresh or dried fruit/nuts
• Granola bars
• Sandwiches on whole-grain bread with cheese or peanut butter
• Fresh-cut vegetables, like celery or carrots
• Beef jerky

Look for snacks that combine protein and fiber to keep you feeling full longer.  Click here for more information and travel tips from the TSA.  Oh and send me some photos from your vaca.  Hawaii anyone???