A lot of clients ask me, “how can I use recipes in my healthy meal plan?” Whether you like to cook or not, you should be able to follow all different kinds of recipes and make them work into your plan. Using recipes also helps you to add variety and excitement into your diet. If you are intimidated, don’t be! Most recipes will list the difficulty at the top so you can choose based off of your skill level.
It can be very convenient to eat out most of the time and not have to worry about grocery shopping or preparing your own meals. However, a lot of restaurant dishes contain hidden salt, sugar, and fat including the ones labeled “light” on the menu. This habit of going out to eat contributes to a higher calorie and salt intake overtime.
I would like to make it known that a recipe doesn’t always have to have “healthy”, “light”, or “diet” in the title in order for it to fit into your diet or meal plan. A lot of recipes are healthy on their own and some can be tweaked or modified to make them fit into your plan. It takes a little practice and some analytical skills but I believe that anyone can do it.
Whenever I look for recipes, I always read the ingredient list first. Not only am I looking to see if the ingredients are affordable and tasty, but to see if I need to adjust the amounts or replace some ingredients in order to make the recipe healthier.
Just as exercise is beneficial for a plethora of reasons, people tend to have their own reasons as to why they choose to exercise. Some people say they exercise so they can eat more, some enjoy doing it, some do it to prevent chronic medical conditions, and most of my clients do it to boost their weight loss.
This past weekend our support group was led by Exercise Physiologist, Krystal Gay, EP, Lip-P. She brought up some great pointers for exercising during the summer and for weight loss. We had a handful of support group participants who have successfully lost weight and started a new exercise routine that needed this refresher on how to exercise safely.