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5 Simple Steps for Better Living This Spring

Sweetness in Practice Contributor - Mar 14, 2017
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Make Healthy Choices the First Choice

A big part of eating right is ensuring that healthy foods are always on hand. Keep a bowl of fruit on the counter, and make sure the fridge and pantry are well stocked with healthy choices. For example, with just a few simple ingredients, you’re only minutes away from a delicious Berry, Avocado and Kale Salad

At the same time, do a little cupboard cleaning to keep trigger foods hard to reach. Remember: Out of sight, out of mouth.

Limit Liquid Calories

According to recent national surveillance data, 20% of Americans’ calories come from beverages, with the bulk from sugar-sweetened drinks. Try a simple swap: Nix just one 12-ounce, 150-calorie soda per day and swap in a calorie-free beverage sweetened with Truvía®. Natural Sweetener. In just one year, you could cut nearly 55,000 calories from your diet.

Set Up Self-Monitoring Strategies

Hold yourself accountable to diet and exercise goals. Using an online tracker or a wearable device makes it easy. Studies suggest that tracking your food and beverage intake or daily steps can provide extra motivation1.

Rehab Your Recipes

It’s hard to give up your go-to recipes and seasonal favorites. Instead of saying no, try alternative ingredients or techniques. Use whole-wheat flour for some of the white flour, cut back on butter and instead use plant-based oil when possible, and reduce sugar with Truvía® sweetener. Just 12 cup of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend or Truvía® Cane Sugar Blend provides the same sweetness as one cup of brown sugar or regular sugar, with 75% fewer calories per serving than sugar.

Get More Shut-Eye

Who doesn’t want more sleep? Several studies report that sufficient rest — about seven to eight hours a night for most adults — can help keep hunger hormones and cravings in check the next day2. Try going to bed earlier or rising with the sun for a week and see if you notice a difference.

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References:

  1. Cadmus-Bertram LA, Marcus BH, Patterson RE, et al. Randomized trial of a Fitbit-based physical activity intervention for women. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep;49(3):414-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.01.020.

  2. Nguyen BT, Powell LM. The impact of restaurant consumption among US adults: Effects on energy and nutrient intakes. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Nov;17(11):2445-52.