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Aug. 23, 2010
Let it Go: Weight, Calories and Nutrients
Eating well and being well go hand in hand: put the right nutrients in your body and you’ll be able to reach that euphoric-type-place while you exercise. So often we let ourselves get overwhelmed with numbers like weight, calories, and grams of nutrients. We need to let it go!

Give those numbers a backseat and bring eating with variety, moderation, proportion, and intention to the forefront of your mind. Have confidence that the nutrients will follow and the healthy weight will come almost as an afterthought.

Here are a few nutrition pointers that’ll help you realize healthy lifestyle today:

Eat a variety
  • Increase the color quotient on your plate; make it colorful.

  • Be adventurous and try new foods.

  • Eat foods of various textures and tastes; eat foods raw and cooked.

Eat moderately
  • Make no food forbidden.

  • If it’s higher in fat or calories eat less of it, less often.

  • Choose plant-based fats like avocado, unsalted nuts, olive oil, or ground flaxseed.

Eat proportionately
  • Find the combination of whole grains, lean meats & beans, fruits, dairy, and vegetables that’s just right for you.

  • Work with a registered dietitian to assist you in meeting your goals (Check out to find a dietitian in your area).

Eat with intention
  • Pay attention to ambiance and savor each bite.

  • Don’t skip meals.

  • Plan for healthy snacking.

  • Keep healthy snacks on hand to hold you over between meals (ex. a string cheese, a handful of trail mix, slices of fruit with almond butter, a CLIF Kid Organic Twisted Fruit, CLIF C, or MOJO).

All in all, allow yourself to exercise because it feels good, eat right because you enjoy it and indulge every once in a while. Most importantly, respect yourself and celebrate you! Find your balance, enjoy the exercise of your choice, nourish your body…
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Tara, the RD
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