Healthy Eating

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Eating Healthy

Lose to Gain with Lighten Up Onslow. We can help you manage your weight by providing you with healthy nutrition tips, and articles that will offer a wide-variety of options to help you lose weight, and to eat healthier. Not to worry, if "you think eating better means that you have to give up your favorite foods, you are wrong. We can present you with ways to make your favorite dishes, but in a healthier version. Plus we’ll help you try new foods that you may learn to love. And we will teach you how you can even enjoy your favorite foods, just in moderation and in the right portion sizes.

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Processed Foods: What's OK and What to Avoid Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Processed food has a bad reputation as a diet saboteur. It's blamed for our nation's obesity epidemic, high blood pressure and the rise of Type 2 diabetes.
But processed food is more than boxed macaroni and cheese, potato chips and drive-thru hamburgers. It may be a surprise to learn that whole-wheat bread, homemade soup or a chopped apple also are processed foods.
While some processed foods should be consumed with caution, many actually have a place in a balanced diet. Here's how to sort the nutritious from the not-so-nutritious.
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If you must eat out and on-the-go, be sure to choose your meals wisely. Most Americans don’t realize that restaurant portions are 2 – 3 times larger than daily recommended amount and that they contain more fat and calories than suggested each day to maintain a healthy body weight.  Fast Food Nutrition is great website and resource that allows you to view the nutrition facts for most restaurants.
Now you can be well-informed about the food choices you make when you eat out. 

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Meal Planning Towards Better Health

Onslow County Health Department

Still looking for a way to tackle your New Year’s Resolution? The answer could be in your lunch box! Each year the average American employee spends close to $3,000 to eat out for lunch. Not only does this affect your wallet, it can also affect your health. This month commit to putting down the menu and grabbing the shopping cart to roll towards healthier lunches!

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Do you know how many calories that you should be eating a day? Here is a Calorie Calculator Tool that will help you to determine the right number of calories you should eat to lose weight.

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Weight Loss Apps to Help You Stay on Track
Click here for a list of free apps that you can download to your phone that will help you track your daily calories

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Lighten Up Onslow Meal Planning Tool

It’s a known fact that planning your meals ahead of time can help to keep you on track when you are dieting. To help you plan your weekly meals, print our Lighten Up Onslow Meal Planning Tool, start to choose meals from the thousands of healthy recipes we have listed on the Lighten Up Pinterest Recipe site. Write down your choices on the meal planning tool. If you decide your meals ahead of time, you are more apt to stay on your healthy eating plan, and achieve your weight loss goals.

 

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The SuperTracker


The SuperTracker is a free online tracker and plan that shows your daily food group targets. You can set up your own customized profile that includes your calorie intake per day so that you know what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. You can even compare two foods to see how many calories is in each food and which food is a better choice to stay within your calorie guidelines.

Ready to Lose Weight? What Diet Will Work Best for You?

Now that you’ve made the commitment to lose weight, you might need a diet to help you manage calories and one that ensures that you are eating healthy as well.  Click here for a list of healthy and sensible diet suggestions from Lighten Up Onslow.

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Little Italy Chicken Pitas  A healthy lunch doesn’t mean it has to be a dull or humdrum. Our lunch suggestions are exciting, delicious and easy to take with you. We’ve gathered a number of tasty pack-and-go recipes for you and your whole family to try. From easy-to-pack sandwiches and great soups and salads, you won’t get bored with these choices. 

Try these simple on-the-go lunches and see how you can enjoy your brown bag lunch!  

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Why Add Kale to Your Diet?

Hands-Down, Kale is Best
Of all the healthy greens that you can choose to eat, kale is by far the best for you. It is one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods found on earth.
Some of the health benefits of eating kale include: it is very high in antioxidants, it is a source of vitamin C, it can help lower cholesterol which may help to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and it contains many cancer-fighting substances.
Eating more kale is a great way to dramatically increase the total nutrient content of your diet. Here’s a link to a Quinoa & Kale Protein Power Salad recipe to enjoy!

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Why are so many people overweight nowadays? According to the National Institute of Health,  Our portions have grown over the years. For example in 2016 muffin the average muffin is around 500 calories versus a 1996 muffin which was only 210 calories. That’s over 200% more calories!

Click here to learn more.

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Lighten Up Onslow Grocery List template

Because most people buy the same grocery items each week, customize your grocery list to the things you usually buy. Hang your grocery list on your refrigerator and highlight items as you run out of them. This will make grocery shopping less of a chore. The easier it is to shop, cook and manage everyday life, the more likely you are to commit to eating better and becoming a healthier you!


Grocery list (xls)        Grocery list (pdf)

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Control Research suggests that safe weight loss involves combining a reduced-calorie diet with physical activity. Simply said, you need to eat smaller portions to lose weight.  Portion sizes can be very confusing though so here is a printable chart that shows you different portion sizes. Click here for the WebMd portion-size guide that you can take with you.

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Dining Out on a Diet

Most Americans eat out these days, and some try to eat healthier at restaurants. But dining out can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. Read more

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Dining Out on a Diet

Most Americans eat out these days, and some try to eat healthier at restaurants. But dining out can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. Read more

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Balance your calories with portion control. Eating the correct portion sizes to lose or maintain a healthy diet can be confusing. Click here for a handy chart for food portion control examples.

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Eating Right for a Healthy Weight

Losing weight is not only about looking good for that special event, or to fit into a size 8 dress, it's about achieving overall good health. Instead of short-term weight loss, focus on changing your lifestyle to slowly incorporate good habits. Remember eating right and balancing your plate with a variety of healthy foods ensures better health.
So get started by setting realistic goals. You are more likely to succeed when you make step-by-step changes. Start with one or two specific, small adjustments to your diet. Click here for some tips to get you started.” from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Weight Loss Tips from Successful Dieters

They follow a calorie-controlled diet, watching their food portions and they concentrate on eating more vegetables and less high-fat foods. -They consistently eat breakfast,
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Gluten-Free

Is a gluten-free diet is healthier? According to WebMd, it isn’t. “For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for others, "unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber," Dr. Peter, Green. If you’d like to try eating gluten-free, here are some recipes to sample and more recipes available on the Lighten Up Pinterest Recipe site

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Top Ten Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

These days many families are trying to cut back on costs at home, including food. But there are things you can do to spend less. Read more

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Emotional Eating: How to Cope

If you raid the fridge when you’re stressed or upset, that’s called emotional eating. Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health. Read more

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Fast Food: Healthier Choices

If you must eat out and there is no choice but fast food, try some of these healthier options. Subway® Restaurants offer some better selections. For example, try one of their healthier 6-inch Subs on a whole wheat bun. One example is their Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Sandwich, which contains 325 calories and only 5 grams of fat. Fortunately, most fast food restaurants offer healthy sides, such as Arby's Chopped Side Salad which is only 80 calories and contains 5 grams of fat. Top this salad with a lite Italian dressing (20 calories and 1 gram of fat), for a total of 100 calories, and 2 grams of fat. On the other hand, there are some very unhealthy choices. If you order a Little Caesars Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza, you'll be getting a whopping 450 calories and 23 grams of fat for just one slice! Read more

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Getting the Entire Family On-Board with Heart Healthy Food Choices!

Another great reason to participate in Lighten Up Onslow. Excess weight is one of the leading causes of diabetes. But researchers have proved that losing weight, improving your diet, and exercising can help slash your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. Know your risk: One in four people with diabetes don’t know that they have the disease. Be sure to see your doctor once a year, and to help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes maintain a healthy weight. Click here for a type 2 diabetes risk assessment.

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Health Benefits of Losing Weight

Here is a great reason to keep your healthy lifestyle and weight loss going: No matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, will most likely produce health benefits such as improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose. In addition, you have been establishing better eating and fitness habits that will help you be healthier overall. These healthy habits can help you maintain your weight loss over time. Good for you! To help keep you motivated: Jillian Michaels Slim-Down: Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Workout & Exercise Solution
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