Is this the Year for Weight Loss?

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January is almost over and I haven’t said anything about one of the most challenging resolutions: losing weight. Every year we say this, perhaps, but will this be THE YEAR? This might be a goal to consider not only for adults but for children, too.

If you as an adult set your goal very high, it may not be very realistic. Make it reasonable. Think how much better any amount of weight loss will make you feel.

What are some of the simple ways to do this? Here is a start:

Eat only half a sandwich or slice of toast. Choose half a serving of pasta and cut the potato in half. Cutting down on carbs really works. If dessert is being served, cut that in half, too. If eating out, share a serving with another member of your party, if the establishment allows. Most restaurants serve way too much food.

Are you still hungry in the evening? First drink a glass of water and see whether that helps. Exercising and staying busy also helps to occupy the mind and turn it away from food.

I would be happy to hear of other ways you found that keep you focused on your goal.

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Food and Family Living
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Food Label and Shopping Answers

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In the last post we looked at some words pertaining to food labels and other terms related to food. Did you divide the words and phrases into “good” and “poor”?

Here is the way I think of those words and phrases:

“Good” words to look for when choosing food:
fruits
whole food
whole wheat pasta
organic
whole grain
whole grain oatmeal
eggs
natural
vegetables
plain organic yogurt
brown rice

“Bad words” or foods or processes to avoid when choosing food:
hydrogenated fats
white rice
artificial flavoring
colas
corn syrup
refined flours
high fructose
frosting
artificial dyes
refined – white bread

When I go to the food market I want to have my list ready. First, though, when I make out the list, I try to write it according to the layout of the store – that is, I visit first the canned areas, the meat section, then the fresh fruits and veggies, and finally the frozen food section. Actually, I try to stay out of the middle of the store. Much of the fresh foods and those that are more nutritious are generally on the outside perimeter.

I don’t go to the store hungry either, because you know what that does! Everything looks good and I buy more than I need. The sooner I leave the store the better, too, because that means I won’t spend as much. I won’t be enticed with all the temptations surrounding me. In and out, is how I like to shop.

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