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Thursday, June 10, 2010

        Healthy Eating:  Think about what Grandma would do   

I can’t take credit for the above topic—Washington DC’s NBC local affiliate ran a nutrition related story on the topic.  They gave 5 suggestions to healthy eating that could be tied into what would be considered “old school” eating.  Here is my spin on their suggestions:

Don’t eat an item with more than 5 ingredients:  If you look back to when our grandparents’ generation, food was less processed, which means less ingredients.  The more processed a food, generally, the less healthy that product will be for you.

2.     Stay out of the “middle” of the grocery store: When shopping; try to stick to the perimeter of the store.  You will find the majority of the processed junk in the middle, while your fresh fruits, dairy, and meats tend to be on the perimeter.  Stick to the perimeter when possible—the majority of the food from “Grandma’s” era is on the perimeter and is healthy for you.

3.     Don’t eat and watch TV at the same time:  Eating in front of the TV leads to thoughtless eating—same goes with eating at your desk in front of the computer during lunch.  When doing this, you are much more likely to overeat due to your mindset being elsewhere and not on what is going into your mouth.  Grandma didn’t eat in front of the TV and you shouldn’t either.

4.     Don’t eat where you fill up your car:  Take a look at the food that is at your local convenient store.  This is some of the worst stuff you can put in your body.  These places are super convenient, but are over priced and generally junk.  They weren’t around in Grandma’s day, so don’t eat there today. 

If Grandma wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it:  Think about a lot of today’s junk food— the candy, chips, sodas, etc.  These are things that were not in the same abundance as they are today.  Grandma didn’t have Skittles or Chicken Nuggets at every corner of the block.  If Grandma wouldn’t recognize it, you might want to think twice before eating it. So there it is—think about Grandma before inhaling that entire bag of Doritos’s.  I think they are some great nutritional guidelines.  Let me know what you think:  getfit@romansfitness.com

Yours in Health and Fitness, 

8:29 am edt 

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