5 Healthy Diet Ideas
5 Healthy Diet Ideas
When your diet is truly terrible, making changes can seem overwhelming – even if you know what you should be doing. Maybe you figure, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” – you’ve been eating this way for so long that you can’t imagine how you’d break out of your routine and start to eat a healthy diet.
Healthy diet ideas for a patient:
With a patient like Ian, I have to take into account his lifestyle. While I’d love to see him preparing more foods at home, it’s probably not going to happen – at least not right away. Buy HGH Atlantic City New Jersey
1. Snack on fruit in the evenings
Since Ian stays up so late, it’s not unreasonable that he might feel this need for ‘a little something’ during the evenings.
But rather than rummaging in the pantry for pastries, he agreed that this would be a great time to sneak in an extra piece of fruit. He promised he’d stock up on the weekends so he’d always have fruit available.
2. More veggies at dinner
Although burritos were his “go-to” for dinner, Ian actually had several places that he went to most often, and many were large chain restaurants. Again, this can work in his favor.
For one thing, the menus are large enough that he can select dishes that emphasize lean protein and vegetables – and, as with lunch, this is the time to work in as many vegetables as possible. And, many large restaurant chains post their nutrition information online. So, I suggested that Ian take some time looking at the menus and calorie counts ahead of time – and then make a list of some healthier choices he could make at a cluster of restaurants.
3. Better breakfast options
Ian told me that he is always in a hurry to leave in the morning, so he doubted he would make anything at home before rushing out the door. His current breakfast offers up very little protein, and a lot of calories, so we talked about other options at the coffee store.
He was willing to switch to a nonfat latte, which would provide some protein at a relatively low-calorie cost, and he decided he’d try either a cup of oatmeal or an egg-white ‘wrap’ in place of the sweet roll. He also said he’d plan to pick up a fruit cup to eat at his desk when he got to work.
4. Better choices at lunch
Ian knows his lunch choices are too heavy and fatty (and did I mention that he washes it all down with a quart of lemonade?). Most of the restaurants he goes to at lunchtime have a large and varied menu – a big plus for him since he can switch to leaner meats for his sandwich and healthier side dishes like fruit or a side salad.
He also said he’d be willing to try a main-dish salad – knowing that he should select one that’s heavy on vegetables and lean protein, and light on fatty ingredients like cheese, bacon, and creamy dressing. And switching to water, he told me, was not going to be a problem – especially when I told him that that single change could lead to a 5-pound weight loss in a month.
5. ‘Good’ snacking in the afternoon
Ian isn’t in the habit of snacking in the afternoon – but he should. He eats lunch most days at 11:30 and doesn’t get around to eating dinner until close to 8 PM. By the time he rolls up to his favorite Mexican restaurant, he’s starving. Ian agreed that – especially with his lighter lunch – he’d probably feel the need for a snack in the afternoon.
And, he understood that it offered an opportunity to work on some of the foods he’s not currently getting in his diet – fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. The easiest thing for him – and something he was actually excited about trying – was to make a protein shake.
His office has a small pantry, and he was sure he’d be able to keep it stocked so that he’d always have what he needed on hand for his shakes. As an alternative to the shake, he’s also going to try having a container of nonfat yogurt with a piece of fruit, or some baby carrots and a small scoop of hummus dip that he could pick up at the grocery store.
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