Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

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You have your goal set and your means to achieve it. You want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. There are so many temptations along the way and advertising budgets in the billions to try to tempt you. You want to be able to live your life and socialize along with your friends who don’t share your goal. What can you do to stay on track without locking yourself in your house with lettuce and water?
• Avoid the “all-you-can-eat” buffet.
• Make a smart beverage choice; ask for water, unsweetened tea, or other drinks without added sugars.
• Opt for whole grain alternatives such as whole-wheat bread for sandwiches.
• Oil and butter are not your friend.
• Start your meal with a salad packed with veggies and dressing on the side, you will fill up on healthy fiber to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner.
• Choose main dishes that incorporate vegetables that do not have creamy sauces or gravies.
• When your food is delivered, set aside or pack half of it to go immediately
• Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed.
• Creamy, crispy, fried, breaded or smothered are words to avoid.
• Slow down. Enjoy the company and give your brain a chance to realize it should be full.
• Mind your portions; order an appetizer-sized portion, share a main dish with a friend, or opt for the doggy bag.
• If you must have dessert, choose fruit.