I learned not long ago that I’m a nutrition psychic. This discovery happened while I listened to a “real psychic” make nutrition predictions during a radio show. I had the same predictions — and better advice. Most amazingly, I don’t have to be in the same room or even know the person to make spot-on forecasts.
As an early holiday present to my readers, here are my prophecies:
You know you should be eating more vegetables but either feel you don’t have the time or are tired of veggies going bad in the refrigerator when no one in the house eats them.
Advice: If time is the issue, add veggies to meals you have found the time to eat. Toss spinach and tomatoes into a morning omelet, snack on baby carrots and cukes with hummus during the day or try an energizing juice blend of beets, carrots and celery. Keeping a supply of frozen vegetables on hand will banish the rotten-veggies blues.
You feel a lack of time and haven’t been as physically active as you think you should be.
Advice: Activity doesn’t mean going to the gym or an exercise class. Take a walk during lunch, stand up while on the phone, take the stairs in the parking garage or go on the Web and search “office exercise.” I’m sitting on an exercise ball while writing this, and staying balanced is burning some calories.
You feel guilty about eating a sweet or indulging at a party.
Advice: It’s all about balance. Enjoy what the parties have to offer, and choose healthier foods at home. My final prediction is that if you follow that advice, you’ll enjoy the holidays and won’t carry diet damage into the New Year.
Sheah Rarback is a registered dietitian on the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.