(Closed) Getting Healthy

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
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  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m a registered dietitian.  You need at least 5 fruits and veggies per day, 3 servings of whole grains, 3 servings of low-fat dairy (1% or skim) and some lean protein and healthy fats daily.  I don’t know how specifically picky you are, if you will eat fruits or carrots with hummus or other veggies as snacks. Nobody should have less than 1200 calories daily.  

I am also a snacker.  The key is getting rid of all of the junk in your house so you won’t eat it.  If it’s there, you will.   Cheddar cheese soy crisps are a great substitution for cheese curls.  Peanut butter crackers or PB and apples are a great snack.  Keep granola bars in the house.  Light yogurt with fruit or diet jello are great snacks and sub for ice cream at night.  

Instead of trying to decrease your junk intake, count how many fruits, veggies and lowfat dairy products you can eat daily.  Getting in 5 a day (minimum) means you won’t be eating as much junk.

As for a vitamin, you can get over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that are really good.  They contain a lot of iron which may be constipating though.  If you have this problem you can take any women’s multivitamin.  Most women need calcium because nobody drinks enough milk.  500-600 mg of calcium carbonate twice a day will do the trick.  (1 hour apart from the vitamin if possible.)   I personally also take 1000 IU of vitamin D3, as this is shown to be great for prevention of stuff (kidney disease, colon and breast cancer, arthritis, etc.)

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