This is the third, and final installment from Kim Kramer (RD, LDN). Here she shares some helpful hints for making better food choices.
What is the easiest dietary change to make?
The change that …makes the most impact is increasing dietary fiber in the diet.” Recently, many whole grain alternatives to white products have hit the market. “It would be easy to switch to whole wheat pasta, whole wheat buns, whole wheat bagels and high fiber cereals.
What is the biggest dietary mistake you see?
The biggest mistake I see is when people do not fuel their bodies with three meals a day. Many people tend to skip meals during the day, causing our bodies to go into a starvation mode and store our previous meal as fat. Also, this can lead to over-consumption of calories at other meals as well. Eating three meals a day is important to keep the metabolism up during the day.
What is the most frequent obstacle to healthy eating you deal with?
The most frequent obstacle is a lack of meal planning. This can be difficult, but for those who do, it becomes easier and is one of the best habits you can do in the nutrition world. When you don’t plan your meals in advance, it can lead to frequent, inconvenient stops to the grocery store during the week, or worse, frequent stops to fast food restaurants.
To make meal planning easier, Kim offers these easy tips:
-Try to make a list of dinners for the whole week and make sure you have all of those ingredients at home ready to go, so you don’t go to the grocery store more than once a week.
-Thaw out meats the night before or in the morning for dinner that evening so they are ready to go.
-If you do not have much time during the week, make your meals on the weekends when you may have more time on your hands.
-Use a crockpot as you don’t have to “cook” this way, but your house will sure smell like you have been cooking all day!
Kim Kramer, RD, LDN is a wellness dietitian with 9 years of experience in nutrition counseling for clients with diabetes, elevated cholesterol, food allergies and obesity. She also specializes in childhood nutrition. Kramer is a media spokesperson for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you are looking for a dietitian for nutrition counseling or a speaking engagement, please feel free to contact her at email@example.com.