Cast Your Vote for Healthy Eating Habits
Election Day draws near and unlike the Presidential election, the opportunity for healthy voting at the plate comes 3 times a day, 365 days a year—that’s 82,125 meal opportunities in a lifetime. Cast a vote for healthy eating, and keep those promises you’ve made to yourself and loved ones to eat right.
- Join the Breakfast Campaign. If breakfast consists of coffee or a muffin from the office break room at best, it’s time to switch parties for a new morning routine. Start your day with protein and carbs for lasting fullness. Ideas: hard-boiled egg and toast, yogurt and fruit, or oatmeal made with non-fat or reduced-fat milk.
- Evaluate Your Incumbent Snacks. While chips, cookies and crackers are convenient and tasty, they offer little nutrient value beyond calories and perhaps a smidgeon of fiber. Opt for one-ounce of in-shell pistachios—still a crunchy snack!—that comes with 6 grams of plant protein, 3 grams of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals (1).
- FOP, not GOP—A Call for Label Reading. A study that looked at survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that women who read food labels had, on average, a 1.49-point lower body mass index compared to those who didn’t pay attention to labels. For an average woman, that’s a difference of about eight pounds. Start turning over packages to spot the Nutrition Facts Panel, and don’t forget the FOP (front-of-pack) label, too!
Now onward to the polling booth and grocery store. This week cast your vote for healthy eating habits, and no re-counts allowed.
1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.
2. Loureiro, M.L., et al. “The Effects of Nutritional Labels on Obesity.” Agricultural Economics. 2012; 43:333-342.