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Dieting is not about deprivation

Posted on 07/9/2014

Our registered dietitian, Rene Ficek, recently said it well, “Dieting is not about deprivation!” and I thought, that’s so true and what a perfect blog that would make!

People always think dieting is about missing out on something, when it is really just what you eat and drink. We need to change our mindset about diets.

Here’s some insight from Rene, that I thought you’d enjoy reading. In case you missed it, she recently appeared on a local Chicago morning news program called “You and Me This Morning” on WCIU talking about this subject, and I thought you might like to see it too.

Dieting is not about giving up all your favorite foods; rather it is about learning to eat smaller portions and foods that benefit your body for optimal health.

It’s also important to choose the right ingredients for a healthy diet. By choosing quality over quantity, you will help ensure you are getting the right nutrients without any of those extra, harmful additives or preservatives many food companies add to their food. 

Reading food labels is key to selecting ingredients, by inspecting ingredients and knowing what you are about to put in your body. At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), we thoroughly inspect our ingredients so meals do not include high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, harmful additives as preservatives, MSG and so on.

Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods, or you may want it even more! By saying you can’t have it, you essentially will want it even more. Allowing yourself some “treats” or favorite comfort foods occasionally will satisfy you, keep you on track and motivated. By doing so, you will stick with your healthy eating regime in order to accomplish your goals.

At SSHE, we believe in providing delicious, healthy treats that are nutritious and also comfort foods. Some examples include chocolate zucchini bread, chili and cheese baked potato to name a couple. Always keep in mind that portion control is key to enjoying these types of foods, which we do for you with perfect portions!

Be sure to include variety…variety truly is the spice of life, and to obtain the nutrients needed for good health, you need to vary the foods you eat. Each food group contains different combinations of nutrients. For example, oranges provide Vitamin C but no Vitamin B12; cheese contains Vitamin B12 but no Vitamin C. To make sure you get all the nutrients you need for optimal health, choose the recommended number of daily servings from each of the five major food groups.

With these helpful tips hopefully you will rethink your view of “dieting” and deprivation!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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