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Shhh! My top secrets for an ideal balance

Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

Don’t Believe All the Diet Hype

If you are smitten by diets that offer timeless promises, but are packed with limitations and restrictions that are nearly impossible to follow, don’t waste your money. Instead, look for meal plans that include both your caloric needs and some of your favorite ingredients. Don’t begin omitting food groups based on fads and trends, unless you have a specific medical condition. Remember, it’s important to maintain a well-balanced diet and that all calories count!

Flavor is Royal

Discovering the ultimate mindful eating experience is something we should all try to aim for as often as possible. Recent studies have shown that people truly have an affinity for bold and rich flavors, suggesting that we are drawn to foods that have a strong and excellent taste. The trick is finding a happy place where we can enjoy flavorful foods mindfully—without over indulging. Next time you sit down to eat a flavorful treat or drink a refreshing beverage, enjoy them, but in appropriate and mindful amounts. There are plenty of treat sized beverages and snacks that can be enjoyed in your balanced diet.

Get Moving

It’s no question that we need to exercise more – 80% of the adults don’t get the recommended exercise. It’s critical that we move, no matter what it is we do. It is best to start with simple and fun activities before we can start a daily exercise routine that can burn hundreds of calories. Remember that every step burns calories-- so stay active through the day.

Keeping the Balance

Mix up your movement! Variety is the spice of life and crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. This could be changing an exercise routine, adding other nutrients to your meals, or simply increasing your fluid intake.

 

Have any other great tips for keeping the balance in your life? Leave a comment below!

 

Sylvia is the founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc, a nutrition and food communications consulting company. She is a bilingual Hispanic native who is a leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to nutrition and health.


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