— Like peanut butter and jelly, healthy eating goes hand in
hand with movement. Here are five ways that Dallas-area
nutrition pros suggest you incorporate the good stuff into
your diet. They’re easy and seem small, but can make huge
week, write down one nutritious change you want to make, says
Sara Asberry, a registered dietitian at the University of
Texas at Dallas. It might be waking up 15 minutes earlier to
eat a nutritious breakfast. Or adding one vegetable to every
they have mastered the first thing, it’s easier to keep
gradually adding to their routine," says Asberry, who
works in the school’s Student Wellness Center.
"Eventually they have successfully developed
long-lasting, healthy habits that they can keep forever."
Lyons of The Lyons Share, a Dallas health coaching service,
suggests starting each day with a huge glass of water. Yes,
she says, even before coffee.
right off the bat helps flush away toxins that have collected
overnight and helps prevent dehydration, which can lead to
overeating and cravings, during the day," she says.
to better eating is moderation, Asberry says. "Healthy
eating does not have to be void of all enjoyable foods. It’s
about balance. We tend to put so much emphasis on the foods
themselves — ‘good foods’ vs. ‘bad foods.’" In
reality, though, "it’s more about how we are eating
them in relation to one another."
do? Rearrange your plate, Asberry says. "Try portioning
less starch and protein on your plate while adding
significantly more vegetables. Ultimately aim to make half
your plate vegetables."
"the shorter the better," Lyons says. If you
recognize ingredients, that’s good. If they look like
"chemical soup, your body doesn’t recognize it as food,
even if the label says ‘healthy.’ "
Zerner, consulting registered dietitian at the Cooper Aerobics
Center, recommends 100-calorie mini-tubs of guacamole, hummus
or nut butter. Be sure to scoop them with fruits and
vegetables, not chips.
measure out portions of nuts and trail mix, pop them into
containers and keep them at your desk and in your car. Be sure
to only eat one at a time, by the way; those calories can add
keeps small bags filled with vegetables at hand, "which I
eat before any other snack," she says. "They give me
a natural boost of energy, add to my fiber and nutrient
intake, and keep me satiated so I don’t overeat at