Diet, includes

Diet, A lifestyle change … not a diet! I will strive to be healthier this year?

Health is one of those things that a lot of us take for granted. We assume we’re entitled to it, and therefore don’t give it much thought – until something goes wrong. Then we see that health is not only one of the best things in life, but that it’s perhaps the most important thing in life. Good health is the direct result of food and lifestyle choices that we make on a daily basis, and is for the most part, a completely controllable element in our lives.

Here are Dietitian In The Kitchen Diane Henderiks’ simple, painless steps in regard to food that you can take to get started on this path to lifelong success:

1. Give your refrigerator and pantry an overhaul … stock up on healthy foods.
2. Leave the junk foods at the grocery store where they are not in easy reach and never go grocery shopping hungry.
3. Learn how to read labels … an educated consumer is a healthy consumer.
4. Deprivation leads to overindulgence … treat yourself to small portions of the higher calorie foods on occasion.
5. Learn how to cook with less fat, salt and sugar … healthy food can be both nutritious and delicious.
6. If you have a setback, keep moving on … lifestyle changes do not happen overnight.
7. Watch your portions … calories are still at the core of weight loss and weight gain.
8. Exercise at least 30 minutes (cardiovascular and resistance training) most days of the week.
9. Keep yourself hydrated … chose water and seltzer over other beverages.
10. Accept the fact that there are no quick fixes … visualize success and take it one day at a time.

Recipe- Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes

1 lb. medium red potatoes (about 4); peeled and halved 
1/2 C low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 C water
2t butter
1/4t salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1/8t garlic powder
1/2 C 1% milk
1. Place potatoes, water and broth into a medium sized pot, cover and steam over medium heat until soft, about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. (note: since you are steaming, the liquid will not cover the potatoes. Add additional broth as needed) 
2. Turn off the heat and mash potatoes in the pot with a potato masher or whip in a stand mixer. Do not drain!
3. Add butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and milk and continue mashing until desired consistency, adding more milk as needed.
4. Enjoy!  Serves 4

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About thenonconformer

I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.
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