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Tips for a Healthy New Year

Posted on 01/5/2012

Most people this time of year are looking to drop a few pounds gained during the holidays or those left over from the previous year. The best advice I can provide anyone seeking to lose weight is to look at it as a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix to a short-term problem. You did not gain weight over night and will not lose it overnight. If you are not "all in" for the long haul, then you may not be successful in the long run. Don't go for gimmicks, go for balanced nutrition so your body gets all it needs for overall good health.

Here are a few tips to help you with your lifestyle change:

1. Stop drinking soda, diet or regular. There are absolutely no nutritional benefits to it and studies have shown even diet soda has ill effects to one's health. Replace it with water little by little and soon you'll be soda-free!
2. Limit your eating out to once a week and then eventually save eating out for only special celebratory occasions. This not only will help you shrink your waste line, but it will also help fatten your wallet!
3. Try to increase your vegetable and fruit consumption each and every day. Try new produce each time you shop to improve your diet's nutrition and increase the variety of nutrients you consume.
4. Limit your dairy consumption to consist of only low-fat varieties. If you do not consume dairy products, then limit your dairy-free alternatives to low-fat replacements.
5. Read your labels on everything you consume. Time consuming, yes, but necessary to know what you are putting in your bodies. Try to limit foods containing harmful additives and preservatives, food dyes, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), high fructose corn syrup (now also called corn sugar) and artificial sweeteners.
6. Steer clear from artificial sweeteners, since studies have shown that foods containing these actually do not help one lose weight rather consume more food and gain weight.
7. Try to go meat-less more often throughout the week. Just be sure your meat-less version is healthy. Need ideas? Go online, the possibilities are endless.
8. Go for fish at least twice per week. The American Heart Association recommends people eat heart-healthy fish twice a week, go to their web site (heart.org) for a list of fish with the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acid.
9. Limit your alcohol consumption, if you drink. Choose one glass of wine over mixed drinks. Over indulging in alcohol is one way to ruin your New Year's resolution to lose weight and improve your health, since it is essentially empty calories.
10. Eat your meals on smaller plates and consume smaller portions. Portion control (A.K.A. calorie control) is one of the easiest ways to reduce your caloric intake and lose weight.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed at the task at hand? No worries, let us help you with our freshly prepared, calorie controlled meals. We do all the work for you! Check us out at seattlesutton.com or call and speak to a representative about our delicious meal plan today, 1-800-442-DIET (3438).

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With the New Year comes new laws, including those for healthcare, including expanded coverage for preventative services. We encourage you to contact your private health insurance company to learn if your policy covers our meals. Check out this link to learn more: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/07/preventive-services-list.html

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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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