5/24/2016 10:12:54 AM
I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of making small, simple changes that are easy to sustain as healthful habits, there are a few of the suggestions here that don't make sense to me.
While eating white meat from poultry does save you calories when compared to dark meat, or pork, or beef, it also gives you far less vitamins and minerals (B12, zinc, iron, etc.) so having a balance of different options throughout the week is more healthful than having just the lowest calorie option all of the time.
While choosing fish is a great option, the lower calorie choices (cod, tilapia, other white fish) don't have very much in the way of those healthful omega-3's that are touted here. You need to go to the higher calorie, fatty fish (salmon, halibut, mackerel) to get good quantities of the fatty acids. Again, the healthier choice is not about choosing the lowest calorie option.
Current information is really putting in to doubt the idea of going to lower fat dairy, and it appears that the full-fat versions of milk and cheese are not just tastier, but healthier and more satisfying as well. Again - the healthier choice is not about forcing yourself to change to the lowest calorie option.
Finally, I really dislike the common advice to use smaller sized plates to "fool your brain". Use a big plate, fill 3/4 of it with an assortment of vegetables and fruits (I often have 5 or more "servings" of vegetables in a single meal), try to fit the protein on to that last 1/4 of the plate, and there will be no "fooling" required since you really will be full and satisfied with healthful foods.