Clean up your Diet!
Ever thought of improving your eating habits as a spring cleaning job? Just as you give your house and garage a thorough once-over every year, you can do the same with your diet. Here’s how.
1. Get Properly Hydrated
Drink more agua and go easy on the soda drinks. “Drinks shouldn’t be sticky,” says Davis. Drinking water can go far in your diet!
2. Clean Your Plate
“Clean” your plate by doing away with cheesy casseroles in favor of simple, three-part meals that consist of a meat, starch, and a vegetable. Pork tenderloin with brown rice and green beans would be one example, says Davis.
3. Toss it Out
Go through your pantry and freezer, and toss anything that’s old or unhealthy. Don’t keep frozen meat any longer than six months, says Davis. To keep track, label and date any leftovers before you freeze them for later use.
4. Start Planning
Plan your meals in advance, so you’re less inclined to grab fast food on the fly. Create a weekly menu with your kids-they’re more likely to eat what they’ve helped planned.
5. Practice Restaurant Savvy
If you do eat out, do so wisely. Most restaurant portions are much larger than your typical serving. Plus, they usually contain more sodium and fat. Split a single entrée or order just half a portion.
Davis is a diabetes educator at the Baylor Diabetes Center at Baylor Medical Center at Garland where people with diabetes can attend self-management diabetes programs, support groups and classes.
Baylor Medical Center at Garland is part of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System. For fiscal year 2007, Baylor Health Care System will report $390 million in community benefits to the Department of State Health Services. For more information, visit http://www.baylorhealth.com.