Don’t arrive completely famished. “Saving” calories usually backfires. Try to eat a balanced meal earlier in the day so you can make better choices.
Make tiny tweaks to traditional recipes. Offer your typical recipes but cut out at least a few tablespoons of fat, use lower sodium broth, and replace canned veggies with fresh or frozen (bet no one will even notice).
Divvy up your plate. Think of your plate like a pie, and allocate “slices” for everything you love. Don’t exclude the foods you really want but just be aware of the portion size.
Up your daily water intake. Drink lots of water heading into and during the meal to help your body balance out the excess sodium intake.
Enjoy the food and company! Say goodbye to guilt. Hop back on your regular eating pattern the day or 2 after...leftovers:)
Amy Arnold, RDN consults with patients of all ages on how to build a healthier life through food and activity choices. If you are interested in learning more about scheduling a consultation with Amy contact her via email at email@example.com or call our office at (913)888-4845.