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One Step at a Time...here are some tips for taking SMALL steps towards BIG changes!

  • Stick to the Preminiter: When food shopping, try and stick to the preminter of the grocery store, that's where you will find your fruits, vegetables, yogurts rtc... The middle isle are where all the junk food and prepacked foods are located. If you do need to buy anything prepackaged, remember you don't always have to buy name brand. The same no name brand item will most likely be one of the bottom two shelves and for less money. It's great way to cut costs for things like brown rice, oatmeal and seasonings.
  • Go Frozen: If you find the fresh vegetable and fruit are not in your budget, go frozen! Once these veggies are plucked off the tree or pulled from the garden, they are off  to the freezer within minutes. Frozen fruits and veggie are a great cost effective, and healthy way to get your daily dose of greens and vitimins.
  • The Power of Water: Incorporate water daily! Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated - causing tiredness, low energy and headaches. It's a common to mistake thirst for humger, so staying hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.
  • Breakfast of Champions: Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going.
  • Listen to your body. Ask yourselfif you are really hungry, or have a glass of watert o see if you are thirsy instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food.
  • Portions sizes have balloned recently, especially in restaurants. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entree, split a dish with a friend and don't order supersized anything. At home use smaller plates, think about serving sizes in realistic terms and start small. If you don't feel staisfied at the end of the meal, try adding more leafy green vegetables or rounding off the meal with freash fruit. Visual cues can help with protion sizes- your serving of meat, fish, or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards, a slice of bread should be the size of a CD case, and a 1.2 cup of rice or pasta is about the size of a traditional light bulb.

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