BIG Nutrition: The first habit to get the boot!


BIG Nutrition: The first habit to get the boot!

In case you missed it, last week’s blog started a 10 week effort to try to build a few great new nutrition habits and drop some bad ones. Not all of these habits apply to everyone, but if they do, I hope you will give this effort a try. The idea is to carry each new habit forward for the remainder of the effort (and beyond) and to not restart any habits that you booted!

The first habit to build began last week. Keep this up! Drink at least ¾ of your beverages as plain water each day.

The first habit to break and how to do it: Eat ½ the amount of sweets per week that you typically eat now.

Small amounts of sweetener (1-2 tsp), honey or maple syrup, used each day are fine and don’t need to count in sweets, but can if you are trying to use less of them.

 Step 1: Reflect on how often you typically eat sweets each week. Included in sweets are:

  • Desserts (e.g., cakes, cookies, ice cream, pies)
  • Sugar sweetened beverages (e.g., soda, sweetened tea/coffee)
  • Candy
  • Breakfast items (whether you eat them at breakfast or another time, e.g., donuts, waffles, French toast, pancakes, muffins)

Step 2: Think about the goal to eat ½ the amount of sweets that you are consuming now. If decreasing your sweet intake by 50% seems too daunting, scale it! The goal is progress, not perfection!

Happy and healthful eating,

Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN

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