FORGET ALL THE DIETS... CHOOSE A LIFESTYLE INSTEAD

It isn’t complicated to eat right. Here are my tips for healthier eating:

I know I have addressed it before that the healthiest way to eat is by avoiding FAD diets. Many people want to eat healthy but are unsure what is the best way to go about it. The amount of diet books and different information available is indeed very confusing. 

It is important to understand that no one should be on a diet, diets do not last and they are temporary. A healthy way of eating is eating in a way that is sustainable over a long time. Your overall health is determined by many choices over a lifetime.

KEEPING YOUR FOOD CHOICES SIMPLE IS THE #1 KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS

It is important to choose to eat vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, dairy products, seeds, and nuts, whole grains and fish, while limiting intake of refined sugars, sweetened beverages, desserts and processed foods.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to pay some attention to what you eat!

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reviewed healthy behaviors projected for Americans during a certain time period. I would like to make mention of the guideline for fats and for sugar. 

The guidelines for fats recommend choosing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats while limiting saturated and trans fatty acids. 

The guideline for sugar recommends keeping added sugars to less than 10% of your daily calories. This translates as recommendations to focus on consuming vegetables, protein, low glycemic grains, fruit as the primary focus of what you consume. Choose lean proteins including beans, nuts and eggs.

MY OTHER GUIDELINES... VIOLATE THEM AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE

The other guideline recommends avoiding sugar, too much salt, and saturated fats. 

You might ask, how do I do this? Well, start by making lifelong healthy choices.

* Grill, bake, steam or broil your food

* Add nuts and seeds to top salads for crunch instead of croutons

* Consume lean cuts of meat

* Have fruit or sweet tea for dessert

* Save desserts for special occasions

* Cook with healthy oils: olive, canola, grape seed or avocado

* Choose non-caloric beverages

* Avoid highly processed food

* Focus on eating a rainbow of vegetables

* Eat a healthy breakfast that contains protein

* Make a healthy, satisfying low fat, high fiber meal for dinner

NOW LET'S GET SUPER PRACTICAL. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

Spaghetti squash with Mexican chicken

Ingredients

* 2 lbs. boneless chicken

* 14.5 ounceSpaghetti squash with Mexican chicken

* A can fire roasted tomatoes

* ½ cup salsa

* 3 cloves of minced garlic

* 1 tbsp. chili powder

* 1 tsp salt

* 1 tsp. onion powder

* 1 tsp. cumin

* 1 tsp. paprika

* 1 Tbsp. honey

* 3 medium spaghetti squash

* Topping

* 2 ripe avocados, diced in to small chunks

* 1 lime

* ½ cup chopped cilantro

THE PREPARATION

1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker 

2. Combine tomatoes, salsa, garlic and all seasonings

3. Pour mixture on top of chicken

4. Cook for 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high

5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

6. Prick the squash with a fork all over and bake for 1 hour

7. Cut in squash in half when finished, scoop out the seeds and place on a serving platter

8. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker and spoon on top of each squash

9. Top with diced avocado and cilantro, with a squeeze of lime to finish

NOW YOU CAN ENJOY A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE! 

Jamie Feit