Dangerous Diet Traps to Avoid

Mouse_TrapDieting is not a healthful practice and can lead to weight gain in the long run (Mann 2007).  Here are 5 specific diet traps to avoid, and alternatives to try.

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“Beet” the Day Smoothie

Mixing vegetables into a smoothie is a quick and easy way to get them into your diet. Nitrates in beetroot juice may enhance athletic performance. The nitrates reduce the amount of oxygen your muscles need, giving you more stamina.

Beet vegetable

 

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Cajun Shrimp Linguine

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This hearty, warm dish is a great way to end the day.

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Kale and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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This elegant dish is surprisingly simple to make.  Continue reading

Beef and Tofu Pad Thai

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This lighter version of the classic Thai favorite was inspired by the recipe in Cooking Light: The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook by Janet Helm, RD.  I love the beef/tofu combo in this recipe, but you can substitute chicken, shrimp or any other protein you prefer.  Fish sauce can be found in the ethnic isle of your local grocery store.

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Vegetable Stir Fry

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These vegetables have an Asian flair and pair nicely with Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon and brown rice.

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Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

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The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice per week.  Salmon is an especially good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and promote heart health.  Try this delicious Asian-inspired recipe.  Your heart will thank you!

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Intuitive Eating: Tune in to Your Body’s Inner Wisdom

Do you spend a lot of time and effort counting calories? Do you label food as being “good” or “bad?”  Is concern about your diet causing you more harm than good?  Consider ‘intuitive eating’ to develop a more peaceful relationship with food.

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is an approach to eating that relies on inner wisdom to guide food choices, rather than external cues (1).  The approach was developed by dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in the 1990s.  Those who follow a practice of intuitive eating:

  • Eat when they feel hunger and stop eating when they feel full.
  • Make food choices based on both health and enjoyment.
  • Trust, respect and nourish their bodies.
  • Reject the “diet” mentality.

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One-Pot Vegetable Quinoa

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Quinoa is a whole grain that is also a complete protein– it contains all the amino acids necessary for our body. It has a fluffy texture and a nutty taste.  To this dish I’ve added a variety of vegetables to introduce more flavors and nutrients.  It all cooks in one pot for minimal clean up.

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Chili Mac

This warm and comforting meal is easy to make and tastes great all week.  The ‘Mac’ stands for the elbow-shaped macaroni noodles I typically use, but any shape of pasta will do. You can also freeze the chili (without the pasta) for up to 3 months.

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