2 Health Tips for 19/4/07

@kathy77 (7488)
Australia
April 18, 2007 11:38am CST
1. Avoid Eating Distractions If you are trying to control the amount of food you eat, then you may want to consider reducing distractions during your meal. They reported that women who ate lunch while listening to a tape of a detective story consumed significantly more calories than when eating without distractions, even though their hunger level was the same. So, next time you're ready for dinner, shut down the television and turn off the phone! 2. Heart Try a Healthier Spread! If you use margarine, it's time to find one that's free of trans fats. It appears that these substances created when liquid vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated to make them solid may be a risk factor in heart attacks and breast cancer. Try this: If you use just a dab, any margarine or butter is fine. But if you slather it on, read labels and buy trans free.
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• Lincoln, Nebraska
19 Apr 07
I personally have trouble controlling my food intake at times as I never know what meal is coming when due to the fact that occasionally I work the overnight shift. Since I don't do this all the time I don't really have a schedule. I am just going to have to cut back at all meals. As for margarine I would prefer organically processed butter. I have heard that all margarines are just one molecule away from being plastic. I haven't researched to see if this is true or not but maybe it's something for someone here on MyLot to research.
• United States
19 Apr 07
for me and my wife it is the snacks more than the meals which are the problem.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
After my heart attack I made some healthier choices and the only one I can honestly say I noticed a difference was margarine. We like the soft margarine. Well I started using a brand that is free of trans fats. I can't say I use a whole lot of it and yet when you think if you have two slices of toast then eat a sandwich for lunch it's surprising how much margarine you do use. Now when I eat at someone elses place I use margarine very thin or not at all because it tastes like pure lard, there really is a difference and sometimes we just don't clue in until we have too.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
Well I would have to agree with you after my husband having high cholesterol and with me having to lose weight due tomy sugar diabeties I have also changed the margarine that I used now with free trans of fat.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
19 Apr 07
Good tips here ... also if you are trying to lose weight or reduce the intake of food .. then have a glass of water before starting to eat. Always have some fruit on hand for when you get a little bit hungry .. fresh fruit is better than canned fruit but if canned then get the "no added sugar" "canned in own juice" ones as they are much better for you. Have several small meals a day .. that is much better than a couple of large meals and then snacks in between. so schedule those smaller meals into the daily diet ... it reduces the amount of snacking of just getting something sweet. When people are a little bit hungry they will often reach for some sweet an fattening item ... but with a planned small meal coming up, they can often wait and will make a better choice on what to eat. Instead of butter or margarine ... use mayonnaise (low fat), pickles, mustard or avocado spread straight onto the bread and then add the appropriate filling. Less calories and better for you than using butter or margarine.
@brimia (6585)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Those are both good tips! Also, read all food labels and avoid hydrogenated fats, sugar/corn syrup, enriched flour, and anything you can't pronounce.
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@weemam (13377)
19 Apr 07
more good tips pal , since my hubby started with heart problems I try not to use butter or margarine , I use low fat low sugar fruit spread and only sparingly , I try to cut down on all hard fats and pies things like that , I think this is a really good discussion and more people should think about what they are eating BEFORE they are ill xx
• United States
19 Apr 07
I never thought of this I usually try to know how many calories I am eating and then I consume what I have. This way you shouldnt overeat. Thsnks for your good information. As always thanks for being my friend.
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