Index to more 10 Commandments
... for Being Sneaky with Yourself
Here's how you can be sneaky with yourself in order to
improve your diet (and maybe the nutrition of others in the household at the same time).
- Stock up on healthy but delicious foods.
- Buy the smallest amount possible of less healthy foods;
forget economy size as this is one time frugal means foolish.
- Forget most of the fat-free or non-fattening
junk foods. They can do more harm than good, and may not really
satisfy you anyway.
- Fix extra of favorite healthy dishes and freeze single
portions for when the munchies take over.
- Buy lots of your favorite fruits even though
they are somewhat costly. On the nutrition scale fruit has it over
potato chips hands down.
- If your teeth crave crunchy, try popcorn, fresh celery or a
- When your tongue wants sweet, try Bing cherries, a ripe
apricot or pear or a handful of grapes.
- When your belly needs carbs, give it a baked potato,
multi-grain bread, a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and flaxseed, a low-fat muffin with
fruit and/or nuts such as blueberry rolls,
or have some leftover pasta with veggies.
- If your throat begs for cola, have a small glass of water,
then try real fruit juice, tea-- hot, iced or spiced (try Lady Bird Johnson's recipe, or a spicy one from the Sneaky Kitchen)--,
a ripe peach or a slice of juicy watermelon. Colas, particularly those with
caffeine, make you more thirsty and not less in the long run, and have no nourishing value
to speak of.
- If you crave salt, have a big glass of water or juice (you
may actually be thirsty) or a cup of tea; then have a highly flavored snack, such as
salsa with lower-sodium and reduced-fat tortilla chips, or a taco, burrito or pita stuffed
with leftovers, shredded veggies and hot sauce, or try frazzled onions, eat a pickle or two,
have a few nuts, or snack on a crispy-fried lightly salted veggie such as yellow squash pennies.
In other words, try to make sure that every
food item in your kitchen that's calling your name is one that sneaks health and nutrition
into your diet!