Healthy Eating continued...
A Commitment to a Healthier Lifestyle
What is the Best Diet?
Sydnie Leroy, Registered Dietician, Onslow County Health Department
For many of us January is a time for new beginnings, renewed commitments, a time when New Year’s resolutions are made. Some New Year’s resolutions include making changes to achieve weight loss. To help with those changes, I sat down with Sydnie Leroy, Registered Dietician with the Onslow County Health Department and asked her a few questions. Here’s what she had to say.
- 1. As you know, many people make weight loss their #1 New Year’s Resolution. Many of them would like to know, what’s the best diet I can go on to lose weight?
- a. In general, I don't support diets, I support healthy lifestyle changes. These changes look different for everyone, based on their current lifestyle, goals, or medical conditions. If you're not sure where you should start always check with your doctor or seek guidance from a registered dietician.
- 2. What is the best way to get started on your healthy eating journey if you haven't been paying much attention to what you eat?
- a. Start by beginning to track what you eat every day by writing them down or use an app to log your current intake (MyFitnessPal is a free app that helps you track your food)
- b. See your physician and have them determine your baseline health numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, etc.). This will help you identify what your goals need to be. If you don’t have a physician contact Internal Medicine Primary Care.
- c. Start small, implement one change at a time, and after you get consistent with that one, tackle the next goal.
- 3. What do people most need in their diet that they don't usually have?
- a. Aim for five servings of fruits and vegetables per day (swapping snacks for fruits/veggies is the easiest way to do this).
- b. Drink more water (aim for six – eight, 8oz glasses a day) .
- c. Eat at home more often or pack healthy lunches for work instead of eating out each day.
- 4. What makes healthy eating such a challenge?
- b. These changes can seem intimidating but when planned well, healthy eating can be done on a budget.
a. Healthy eating takes a lot more planning. You need to grocery shop regularly and plan meals in advance to keep from stopping at the drive-through or grabbing take-out when you've had a long day. For many people that is overwhelming, or they may not know where to start. This is where the manageable goals come into play, one piece at a time.
- 5. General tips to maintain healthy eating and meet your goals?
- a. Don’t let one minor setback keep you from reaching your goals.
- b. Eat mindfully- portion food onto plates or bowls, never eat from the box or bag.
- c. Cut the soda/sweet tea.