|Source: Whole Living|
People often ask me how I stay thin at my, ahem, advanced age. Yes, it involves a lot of exercise, but it also involves a well planned eating strategy.
Open the refrigerator door, and the strategy becomes clear. Here's what you'll find:
- A pitcher of filtered water and a bottle of Pellegrino. Proper hydration is an important component of a successful diet. Why? When we are dehydrated we often mistake thirst cues for hunger cues. I make it a point to drink water all day long. When I get bored of the plain stuff I add fresh mint, orange slices, lime wedges, or lemon. I also mix things up with a bubbly glass of Pellegrino from time to time.
- A large tub of nonfat Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in sugar. Mix it with your favorite flavored yogurt for a healthy snack. Use it instead of sour cream. Cut your mayonnaise use by combining the two to make egg, tuna, or chicken salads. (I use a 1:1 ratio).
- A bowl of washed, fresh fruit. Every night, while making my kids' lunches, I prepare fruit for snacking the next day. I strive to make snacking on whole foods convenient, and this works well.
- A bowl of "ready to go" vegetables. I use the same strategy with vegetables as I do with fruit. Each day you'll find a different vegetable to snack on. Some of my favorites: grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, red peppers, carrots, mushrooms.
- Hard boiled eggs. Hard boiled eggs are the ultimate, healthy grab and go snack. High in protein, they keep you satiated for hours. Every refrigerator ought to have a few.
- Avocados. Avocados are so creamy you can use them instead of a spread on sandwiches. Load your next turkey sandwich with tomato and avocado. You'll never go back to mayo.
What's in your refrigerator?