Nutritionist Shares Sweet Tips for Success in the New YearCall Mom more often. Learn to garden. Share more special moments with family and friends. The number of worthwhile New Year’s resolutions is nearly infinite, yet the vow to “be healthier” or “shed a few pounds” tops many of our lists.
The goal is instantly inspiring, yet many of us could use a helping hand in crafting a get-healthy action plan. Nutritionists offer sweet news: a little sugar can go a long way toward reaching your goal.
“Many people feel they have to deny themselves their favorite foods,” explains nutritionist Bev Utt, RD, MS, MPH. “Yet enjoying sensible portions of satisfying treats can actually help you stick to your diet. Sugar, in moderation, can be part of a healthy, balanced eating plan.”
So how do you make eating joyful without tipping the scales? Bev shares the following tips to help you enjoy sweet indulgences while sticking to your resolution:
Practice mindfulness when you eat. Snacking while watching television or working can lead to overeating. Savor the meals and desserts you eat by paying attention to textures and flavors.
Listen to your body. Many of us eat when we are bored, tired, or under stress. Eat when you are hungry. Eat enough to feel satisfied but not stuffed. This can allow you room to sample dessert at the end of a meal.
Keep an eye on portion size. Sampling or sharing desserts when dining out or entertaining is a delicious way to keep portions under control while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Read labels. Just because a product is low in fat or carbohydrates doesn’t mean it is low in calories.
Get active! Burn calories with an activity you enjoy, whether it’s walking, playing tag with your kids, or doing crunches at the gym. If you’re active enough, you’ll be able to enjoy a few extra calories without guilt.
When you bake desserts, share your special treats with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. They will appreciate the gift and you won’t be tempted to eat the entire pan of brownies yourself!
Here’s to sweetness—and success—in the new year!