Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Trim It Tuesday

Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to be resigned to a life of lemon water, celery sticks and steamed veggies! Many of you know that I believe in eating clean, while enjoying all your favorite foods – in moderation, and as long as you have no medical/allergic reasons for not being able to eat a certain food. For example, if you love pizza, have it – but have a big salad with it, and only eat a maximum of two slides, while keeping it within your daily calorie range. One of my favorite “trim-it” tips that will save 50%, yes HALF, of your calories, is to immediately ask for the take-out container when you go to lunch, and divide your meal in half and pack it away before you even start eating. Have the other half for dinner, or take it to work the next day for lunch. You’ve halved your intake, and doubled your pocket change by having another meal ready! Or… just split a meal with a friend.

Also, you need to be careful when you are enjoying some of those fancy lattes that are so yummy but can be loaded with fat and sugar. Take a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte – one Grande (16 oz) cup has 380 calories (120 from fat – that’s 13 grams), and 49 grams of sugar!!! OUCH! But if you order a small 8 oz. cup instead, with nonfat milk, and no whipped cream, it’s down to 130 calories, ZERO from fat, with 24 grams of sugar. That’s a whopping savings of 250 calories!!! Keeping in mind that one pound is 3,500 calories, if you made this one change daily, in two weeks you will have lost one pound – simply by trimming up this one choice.

Exercise your choices! Now that was pretty painless, wasn’t it?



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