Nutrition News: New Year’s Resolutions

This year, resolve to live with diabetes and keep the joy in life. Here are a few suggestions:

Never eat a burrito as big as your head. Serving size counts whether you’re counting carbohydrates or calories.

Make friends with stairs. At work. When you shop. In airports. Climbing up and down stairs in the course of a day burns calories and keeps blood sugars in check.

If you’re trying to lose weight, be prepared to be a little bit hungry sometimes. It’s difficult to lose weight if you never feel just a little on the empty side.

Most of the time, choose good over bad.

Good fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated omega three fats that protect your heart are found most abundantly in fish, nuts and liquid vegetables oils such as olive and canola oils.

Bad fats—saturated and trans fats—are most common in whole fat dairy foods such as cheese, whole milk, and fatty meats. Choose foods with less of the bad and more of the good.

Good carbohydrates are found in whole grain breads and cereals, beans, brown rice, fruit and vegetables.

Bad carbohydrates are found in foods that are mostly sugar or refined flour. Eat these foods less often and in smaller amounts.

Supersize your vegetables. Non-starchy vegetables like artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, and tomatoes (yes, I know tomatoes are really fruit but your body doesn’t know that) are more than low in calories and high on flavor. These foods contain substances that guard against cancer, heart disease and extra poundage.

Happy New Year!