Midday Fix: Healthy eating tips from Seattle Sutton

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Rene Ficek

Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating

(800) 442-3438
seattlesutton.com

Tips:

Use the plate method as your guide
The Plate Method is ideal for many people because it's very easy to follow. On a standard 9” plate, use an imaginary line to split it in half and then split one side in half again. Overloading this side of the plate rarely causes a negative consequence as these vegetables are valued at about 25 calories a cup and we should consume 4-8 cups of them daily. Cooked, fresh, or frozen, pile them high! The other portions are dedicated to starches like potatoes, peas, or pasta for example, and the other quarter should be dedicated to lean proteins like chicken, turkey or shrimp. Balanced meals help keep blood sugar stabilized and make losing weight much easier.

Reduce bread and pasta portions
It's not about the specific foods you eat or don't eat when you're trying to lose weight; instead, it's all about your overall daily intake of calories. Cutting back on bread products can be part of a strategy to lower your calorie or carb intake for weight loss.

Include protein for breakfast
Protein is one of the most filling nutrients, as it requires extra work for the body to digest, break down, and metabolize. It also takes longer to digest, so it keeps you fuller, longer. The more satiated you feel, the more likely you are to make healthier and smarter food decisions throughout the day.