Avoiding Health Mistakes in the New Year


The Washington Post had an article on this subject this week that I found interesting. The snippets are from readers, and reminds me of important advice we’ve long given at Green Mountain. For the full effect, take a gander at the article itself. I list below the healthy weight loss tips that stood out for me, with a few comments of my own following the tip. If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you won’t necessarily find these insights revealing, but they do bear reminding.

“Don’t go on a diet.” So what do we do when we feel like we’ve overdone things and need to find a healthier weight? Eat sensibly — three meals a day and snacks if we need them. Healthy eating includes plenty of lean protein, vegetables and fruit and reasonable amounts of healthy starch foods like whole grains (wheat, rice, oatmeal), legumes (beans and peas), winter squashes, etc. This type of eating keeps us satisfied. If we also feel like eating a piece of chocolate or other treat, we can be satisfied with a small amount because we’re not hungry.

“Don’t give up! On exercise, that is.” But don’t do it for weight loss; do it to feel well. And regular, reasonable exercise does just that — it helps us feel great! And that helps us keep doing the other things that are important for healthy weights — like eating sensibly. It creates its own feedback loop. If you need to conquer your fears about exercise, read our FitBriefing “Overcoming Exercise Fears.”

“Don’t think you can do it alone.” Support is one of the key predictors of success. You can find support from friends and/or family, or you can find it online via blogs like this or other venues. Just get it. It helps you stay the course when things get tough…and they will get tough at times as we our busy lives and self-doubts get in the way of living healthfully.

Hope your 2008 has started off strong. We’ll do our best to help keep you going with our posts each week!

2 responses to “Avoiding Health Mistakes in the New Year”

  1. Abbie says:

    These are all great tips. Another idea is to order a diet delivery service that prepares your meals for you. They take all the guesswork out of dieting. No more grocery shopping, cooking, or measuring portions. Just delicious meals-all you have to do is eat!

  2. marsha says:

    There is great value in learning how to feed yourself — cooking/preparing good-tasting, healthy foods. But I agree that a food delivery service can be a great thing, especially for busy folks. But I wouldn’t agree that it should be a diet.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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