Keeping it real with The Nutritionista – How to avoid fake food and eat for health

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The Nutritionista (aka Laurie Ledford)  is a Registered Dietitian at Tucson Medical Center who uses her knowledge and experience every day to support patients making healthy nutrition choices and prevent or combat the major killers of our time. Have a question about something you’ve heard or seen about nutrition or diet? Send your question to the Nutritionista at tmcforwomen at gmail dot com. Check back on TMC for Women for Nutritionista’s blog posts.

You really can eat healthfully by keeping a few simple goals in mind:

1. Eat real food.
2. Eat a variety of foods.
3. Eat mindfully.

They may sound like simple goals, but how can you accomplish them? Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when making food choices, to help you create strategies that work for you.

Eat Real Food

Not everything we humans eat these days is food. Some of it is highly processed, salt-laden…

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes Tips

Are you looking for healthy lifestyle changes? Read on and get some tips on how you change your life to get a healthier lifestyle no matter if you are pregnant, need weight loss or simply want changes to improve your life.

You should learn how to hold onto your healthy choices by reading my article about the subject, because this could be the most important step for changing your life.

First of all you need to change you diet and to do this, you need to change the ways you diet.

Read these diet habits you should start changing now to lose weight or simply to become more healthy from huffington post:

7 Diet Habits You Should Drop Now – Huffington Post

With so much contradictory advice floating around about the best diets for weight loss, it’s no wonder many of us end up confused about what we should eat for optimal well-being and a healthy …

You need to change your food items also, and you probably already know that eating veggies, lean meat and stay away from the bad fat is better for your wellbeing. But do you know about frozen food items are actually good?

Check out why you easily can buy frozen fruits and veggies for a healthy diet:

5 Reasons to Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies – ABC News Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:26:38 GMT

5 Reasons to Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies… Frozen foods get a bad rap for being processed junk, but the truth is, some of the healthiest foods in the market …

 Are people snobbish about frozen food? – BBC News Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:56:39 GMT

Are people snobbish about frozen food? For some, frozen food conjures up images of Mike Leigh’s 1977 drama Abigail’s Party, with kitsch dishes such as defrosted prawn cocktail, vol-au-vents and black forest gatea …

Besides your food items and the benefits of frozen foods, you should watch the video below about simple tips for making healthy lifestyle changes.

3 Tips How you Hold on to Your Healthy Choice


You have decided that NOW you will live healthily, stop smoking, become a vegetarian or something else, which is a change in your current life. You are full of plans and motivation and then – people around begin you to question your choice.

“No thanks, I don’t eat cake at the moment,” you say with all the backbone you possibly mobilize can when your colleague tempt you with your favorite cake (the one with extra icing …)
“Oh, why are you so boring …” he snaps. “Well, I …,” you mutter and are considering taking the cake for avoiding having to defend your choice (and also a little because it is your favorite cake after all, right?!), but try to be steadfast and hold on to your healthy choice.

The healthy choice is often a difficult one. Not just personally, but also socially. So how do you handle it, when friends, family and colleagues are not supportive of it?

1. Empathize!

Put yourself in their place when they complain that you no longer want to go outside for a cigarette, or when you sit and eat carrots in your new raw food life while your friends drench themselves in sauce and ask critical questions about your new choice.

We do know it very well ourselves when we complain that Paris Hilton now indeed has become a bit too thin. I wonder: wouldn’t we like to rid of our insisting love handle ourselves? Maybe. So don’t take it personally when people are not supportive of what you’re doing – you probably just reflect a sore point for them.

2. Explain (or don’t)!

No matter how great people you have in your life are, some of them will think you’re crazy when you quit eating white bread. And some of them are guaranteed to tell you.

Prepare yourself and make sure you have control of your facts, and then you can silence the skeptics by telling what the research shows, or what white bread does to you, and why you want to live like that. Or: don’t even start arguing for your choice.

Basically it’s about something you believe in it, and that you do it for you. People must accept that. And if you explain it with energy and a smile – you automatically get more points on the account.

3. Inspire!

Think like the big corporations when launching new strategies and products:

be proactive in your communication.

Announce happily whatever you’re doing, believe in yourself, be positive in your “marketing”, do not preach to others (if you don’t want them to be a know-all, neither should you) and stay on your own lane; remind yourself why you launched your new, healthy lifestyle – and magic – magic:

before long it will inspire others when you show what good your new, healthy life does for you.