Well … we’ve just come through another holiday season, full of eating things we all know we shouldn’t! I, for one, am glad it’s over and I am focusing now on eating more healthfully. What an uphill battle this is every year – LOL!
During this time and throughout the year, many of us eat out in restaurants. So how do we choose healthier foods? The answer isn’t as hard as it may seem.
Mostly I promote eating clean meats (with fat), and non- or low-starchy vegetables. Eat green beans, for example, with butter and almonds! Eat starchy veggies sparingly … very sparingly … like potatoes, peas, corn, yams, and beans.
I always decline taking bread of any sort with my meal. I have never seen any restaurant to date serve bread made with coconut or nut flour, which are the safer ones. I don’t even miss it anymore…really!
I avoid getting anything breaded and if there is a sauce, I always ask to check if there is wheat in it. If you are looking for a dressing on a salad, you can always have oil and vinegar, or ask about ingredients in other options.
This isn’t so bad – we ask an establishment a barrage of questions, so when we go to the same place again, we already know. In fact, they may already know your eating preferences, and if they want your business, they will cater to your tastes. Many people are doing this now.
Many places have gluten-free options, and while I do not especially like them, I do believe they represent less danger if we are in a pinch.
Because I believe I was fooling myself as to how much sugar I was ingesting over the holidays, I am now dealing with the physical addiction, and then all the rationalizing thoughts and accompanying feelings – yet again.
I can do it. So can you! I did better this year than in previous years, and I will get back on track, if for no other reason than to feel better.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.