Magazine article Working Mother

Be a Picky Eater

Magazine article Working Mother

Be a Picky Eater

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Along with scrubbing windows or organizing your closets this spring, clean up your diet. With just a few simple tweaks to your eating habits at work and at home, you can boost your energy, trim unnecessary calories and increase important nutrients women need, like fiber and calcium. Here, a diet and nutrition makeover from Lisa Young, PhD, RD, an adjunct professor of nutrition and weight loss research at New York University and the author of The Portion Teller.

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Choose whole-grain products. "Whole grains have fiber, which may protect against diseases like cancer but also makes you feel full," says Dr. Young. "Foods without fiber, like white breads, cause your blood sugar to go up and down more quickly, so you become hungrier faster."

Drink lots of H2O. Water will fill you up and fend off dehydration, which people often mistake for hunger.

Swap out sugar-sweetened beverages. Juices, soda, bottled iced teas and fruit drinks are usually high in calories, and research shows that the calories we drink don't fill us up as much as those we eat.

Keep only one treat around at a time. Studies show that we tend to eat more when we have a variety of sweets to choose from. So have ice cream or brownies on hand-not both.

Trade whole-milk dairy for low-fat or fat-free. …

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