The more obstacles you can put in place in order for you to consume a food the better. What do I mean by this? This means having foods in the house that need to be prepared or thawed in order to slow down the rate of consumption. These steps will ultimately be a deterrent and will lead to you asking yourself, "Am I really hungry?"
So how can you snack in a healthy manner without overconsuming on your favorite foods? Repackage these foods into single-portion baggies. Healthier options could be unsalted nuts or seeds, Terra sweet potato and beet chips, or the obvious, fresh fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, and fresh vegetables such as sugar snap or snow peas, baby carrots, sliced cucumbers or cut-up peppers.
Have leftovers? Do yourself a favor and wrap leftovers in tin foil and freeze in individual portions. Studies show that when leftovers are served in bigger containers, people tend to eat more. No choice but to serve yourself from a large leftover portion? Dish your portion onto a small plate and put the rest away prior to sitting down to eat.
I hope these tips to "winning the food fight" have been helpful over the past week or so. By following tips like these, you'll be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle.
Alissa Robertson, MS, RD
Nutrition Specialist & Owner
Lifestyle Management & Nutrition