GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The new year has arrived, and for many, it is a time to adopt healthier habits for 2019. For some, this means eating better and losing weight.
Debbie Milne, a Registered Dietitian with Bon Secours St. Francis Health said, “Often in my field, and in research we see a few diets that surface as being effective – and when I say diet, I mean food choices.”
Milne said one of the most effective diets is the DASH diet. “It has a heavy emphasis on more non-starchy vegetables and fruit, so does the Mediterranean Diet.” However, Milne cautioned use of the word “diet.”
She said, “Don’t consider your New Year’s resolution to be a diet, like a program that you’re going to begin and then end at some point, when you reach a certain weight.” Instead, she said people hoping to make healthier choices should look long-term, making attainable changes now, that they can live with for years to come.
Milne said, “So, you develop a new healthy lifestyle and weight reduction will likely follow, and if it fits you well, you’re more likely to continue in those patterns.” So where should those trying to adopt healthier eating habits, begin? Milne gave one example of a simple, small step to take to get going. “So, you say, ‘When I snack, it’s going to be fruit and nuts,’ and you’ll get a serving of fruits that way, and you’ll also get a serving of heart healthy fats. So, that might be a simple step to take.”
She says once you are comfortable with your first, attainable change, then make another. “Take the steps you’re comfortable with,” Milne said. “Maybe you only made half the improvements, but your health is a lot better for it, and if you can maintain that, that’s going to be a whole lot better than trying to hit the golden goal of the perfect diet, and then falling off and losing all interest in it, because it was just too big of a change for you.”
For more information about how to stay healthy, tune in to hear the experts at Bon Secours on Saturday at 10 a.m. on 106.3 WORD radio.
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