Learn to lighten up! Eating healthy can sometimes mean tweaking your favorite recipes. Using low fat mayo instead of full fat, substituting Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and replacing sodium with herbs and spices are ways you can continue to enjoy the foods you love while making them healthier.
Check out these tips from the American Heart Association on healthy substitutions and try making a simple substitution this week.
Wednesday, February 12
Mindless eating often gets us into trouble. Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain shares strategies for learning to listen to your body and truly enjoying the food you eat.
Try practicing mindful eating at your next meal or snack. Post what you experienced on the UW Health Facebook page.
Thursday, February 13
"I can't imagine life without potato chips!" Many people think that being healthy means giving up their favorite foods, but that's not the case. The key is portion control and balancing high-fat, high-calorie foods with lighter, leaner foods that pack a nutritional punch.
Eating when hungry and stopping when full is an effective strategy for losing weight. Our body is really good at letting us know when it needs more fuel, but we're often too busy to notice. Try to eat only when you physically feel hungry.