5 Dos and Don’ts For Eating Right in the New Year
Dr. Ramani Durvasula from the Bravo Series, ‘Thintervention With Jackie Warner,’ offers her expert tips for healthier eating habits.
Don’t diet. Believe it or not, that’s one of clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula’s tips for eating right in the New Year. She knows what she’s talking about, as she lost 85 pounds herself just three years ago (and has kept it off), and is currently the health and wellness expert on the Bravo series, Thintervention With Jackie Warner.
Dr. Ramani’s tips for eating smart in 2011 are simple and easy to follow – the hard part, as we all know, is sticking to them. But, if you adjust your eating habits accordingly and adhere to the following 5 dos and don’ts, you’ll see the pounds melt away as the year goes on.
1. Don’t just eat one big meal.
Sometimes we’re silly when it comes to food – we think having one giant dinner is equal to eating several small meals throughout the day. But of course, that’s not true. “Eating regularly gives your body an even level of energy throughout the day and keeps you from bingeing,” says Dr. Ramani.
To break your one huge meal habit, try Dr. Ramani’s following suggestions: “Eat regularly – that may even mean setting an alarm every 3 hours and eating when it goes off; a healthy balanced breakfast, some fruit or cheese in the mid morning, a reasonable lunch, some tea and nuts or veggies in the afternoon, and then on to dinner. Also, eat off of a smaller plate. It paces you better and leaves you feeling like there is sufficient sustenance in front of you. Finally, don’t leave the serving bowls at the table. Make your plate and get as far away from the source of food as possible.”
2. Do find other rewards besides food.
At the end of a hard day, we may reach for a Snickers bar, thinking “I deserve this,” but treating food like a reward can be a damaging habit. “When food becomes a ‘prize’ we treat it as an entitlement and we often overindulge,” says Dr. Ramani, who suggests making a list of other rewards and using them instead. “Read a chapter in a great book, walk around the block, call a friend, watch TV, exercise – but don’t make your reward something that makes your weight loss goal harder to achieve.”