Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Food for Thought

Want to get a jump-start on knowing more about food and eating patterns in general? Take a look at Tickle's 14-point tip sheet.

Most fruit juices contain more sugar than actual fruit. So don't fool yourself. While drinking juice in moderation is a great way to meet some of your recommended daily requirements for vitamins, some juices are better than others. Things to watch out for? Be leery of juices that list high fructose corn syrup high on their nutritional labels.

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Fiber expands in your stomach and leaves you satisfied long after eating. Look at food labels and compare them - try to pick items that have higher amounts of fiber.

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Next time you're feeling like you want to eat something, drink a glass of water and see if you're still hungry. We often mistake being thirsty for being hungry.

Having trouble drinking enough water during the day? A tall glass of lukewarm water is easier to drink than a tall glass of ice-cold water.

Most restaurant portions of food are actually appropriate for two people. Consider ordering appetizers as main dishes, or sharing a single portion with a fellow diner.

Buying individually sized snacks or treats reduces your chances of bingeing.

Slow Down: It takes 15-20 minutes for your mind and body to register how full you really are.

Stress can make you fat! Research has shown that cortisol, a stress hormone, leads to cravings for carbohydrates and overeating.

Not a license to binge: Low-fat or reduced-fat foods often contain a lot of sugar and calories.

Increase your calcium by eating dark green leafy vegetables.

Couch Potato Syndrome: Never take a bag of food with you while sitting on the couch. Pour out a single serving size in a bowl instead.

People who skip breakfast typically end up consuming more calories by the end of the day.

Get some ZZZs: Lack of sleep leads to a slowed down metabolism.

Are you drinking your calories? Cocktails, soft drinks, smoothies and special coffee drinks are the new high calorie culprits.

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