Part 3 – Healthy Living for Life – Do You Need Some Healthy Eating Tips?

Part 3 – Healthy Living for Life – Do You Need Some Healthy Eating Tips?


– Welcome back to Healthy Living for Life,
thanks for staying with us. Sometimes we have the best intentions to eat healthier, but
our schedules time or even our energy levels get in the way. So we grab something quick,
and that usually means an unhealthy choice. Teresa Hicks is still with us. Thank you,
Teresa, for joining us. – I’m having a great time, thanks. – Talk to us about that convenient food, and
what can we do that’s quick and easy but still healthy? – Well, some of the… You know, some of the
foods that are quick and easy are foods like nuts, fruit, there’s even some easy prepared
meals, like you can buy lentils in a bag now where you can heat them up in 60 seconds.
There’s the little canned tuna take and go lunches. So there is a large variety of items
you can now take, in addition to those just ready-made natural things like nuts and fruit,
in fact, I ate that in the car for breakfast as I drove here today. – What about grab and go? So, you know, you’re
running errands and you’re really hungry, can you choose healthy? – Yeah, absolutely. So if you’re thinking
of you know, a drive through, is that what you’re thinking? – Yeah, I’m thinking a drive through. – Okay. So restaurants now, there’s usually
a couple items in each restaurant, right? They have that niche that they’re going for.
And so, you can find something, typically, at each restaurant. There’s Wendy’s, McDonald’s,
they’ve got salads, and some of them are pretty decent looking with some grilled chicken and
such on them. Chipotle has some fresh items. They’ve got the Panda Express with the fresh
items. And now days, you’ll even see that they have the calorie count, et cetera, right
there posted. So even if you’re trying to go through a drive through, you can typically
find a healthy choice at most restaurants now. – So what about you don’t have a lot of time?
You get home from work and you need to cook healthy, what could one do to be better prepared
so when you come home from work you are eating healthy but you’re not spending two hours
at it? – The best way is to be prepared, and for
someone like myself, that usually happens on a Sunday, right? I have to be… When I
have the time, I’m gonna cook, so that when I don’t have the time, I don’t have to. A
couple of things that you can do, whenever you cook a meal, if you’re able, freeze that
other half. It helps cut down on food waste, one, because the leftovers don’t always get
eaten. But if you freeze the other half of that meal for another meal, that’s gonna be
eaten. So you have some food in the freezer that are ready-to-go meals. When you cook
some of the staples like, say maybe you have brown rice or quinoa, cook enough for two
meals instead of one. Have things like hard boiled eggs ready to go. So it’s really more
preparing and prepping and having things handy, because just plan on having some meals where
you won’t have time, and what are you gonna do so you’re ready for those, you’re ready
for those times. – So, spices, some of us like spices. And
so are there any that are particularly beneficial for us that we might think about using? – I mean, all spices are great. So herbs and
spices, herbs are the leaves of plants. And like I talked about early, all plants have
these plant chemicals, these antioxidants, these amazing health benefits. They’re concentrated
little health components that you can add to your food. And then spices are the roots
or the seeds or the ground up things of plants, again with these plant compounds. So depending
on what food you cook, of course there’s different spices you’ll add or different herbs you’re
going to add, but they all have health benefits and they’re different, so that’s great. Of
course there’s some in the news more than others, like tumeric is in the news a lot,
it has antiinflammatory properties and we have some you know, things for brain health
that might help us keep a healthy cognition as we age. But really all herbs and spices
have different health properties to them, so any time we add them we’re kind of upping
the nutrient value of our food. – We talked a bit about fast food restaurants
and drive throughs. So what if I’m going out for dinner tonight, and I wanna choose a more
healthy option. Give me some advice about that. – Okay. Well, you know, a broth-based soup
is always a pretty solid choice, right? So a broth-based soup, if that’s on the menu.
A salad with a grilled meat, that’s a solid menu item. Anything grilled or baked versus
deep fried. If it comes with a side of fries, and it always does, you can say can I get
a side salad instead of fries, or they’ll sometimes have steamed vegetables, depending
on the restaurant you’re going to. And they’re used to that substitution. I always get that
substitution, no one’s ever told me I couldn’t get vegetables or a salad instead of fries.
So those are some easy ones. And obviously, maybe don’t go for that soda. But some water,
some iced tea instead, yeah. – So some of us have a sweet tooth, so talk
to us about choices of sweets. We have to have something after dinner. – Yeah, absolutely. So, I… You know, there’s
of course natural sweet foods. Yogurt, there’s some health benefits. There’s also some added
sugar, but I count that as dessert in my house, so if we want dessert, yogurt counts for dessert.
Fruit is naturally sweet. And then of course if you have… Like if you’re somewhere special,
and you are served birthday cake or you’re not gonna say no, you can have a small piece
of that, that fits into a healthy meal plan, but savor it, taste every bit of that. How
does that, what is the texture, what is the flavor, so that you are satisfied with less.
And there’s research behind that, that’s called mindful eating, intuitive eating, and that
helps us be satisfied with less. So, it’s okay to have the real thing, too, just in
moderation. – So in the few seconds we have left, can
you talk about portion control and end with that? I remember hearing about all things
in moderation and we are eating too much, so talk about portion control. – Okay. You know what, in America, we tend
to eat til we’re full. And I like to say practice eating til you’re no longer hungry, and there’s
a big difference between no longer hungry and full, and that’s something we work on
with each meal. – Excellent. Thank you Teresa, for that great
information. And I would like to thank our viewers for tuning in every week. We hope
you’ve enjoyed today’s show and learned about your choices for healthier eating. Until next
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