Those bad habits can weigh you down

foodshoppingFor those in need of some New Year’s resolution inspiration, check out this op-ed in the Boston Herald by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, about how to change your eating habits for the better. Money quote:

So this year, resolve not to diet. Instead:

1. Eat three balanced meals a day. Have a healthy snack when hungry. Stop eating when full.

2. Eat only in designated eating areas and not in front of a screen of any type.

3. Eat foods that look like they come from nature, not a factory, with emphasis on vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

4. Drink unsweetened or minimally sweetened beverages, including water, effervescent mineral water, and tea or coffee with no more than one or two teaspoons of sugar.

5. If so inclined, have dessert every night, but keep it light (e.g., fruit, a few nuts or a small piece of something you really enjoy). Limit high calorie treats to once a week.

6. Do something physically active every day. Walk rather than drive and take the stairs rather than the elevator.

7. Follow items 1 through 6 for the rest of your life.