The Simplest Way to Make Over Your Diet
Want to drop a few pounds this year? Start brown-bagging your lunch. We talked to top docs and dietitians to get the healthiest meals you can put together -- fast
While it might be tempting to throw out every last potato chip and Hershey's Kiss in a new year cleansing ritual, you know by now that deprivation usually leads to late-night ice cream or burger runs (where way more calories are consumed than if you'd just let yourself have the freakin' Kiss).
Most experts say the best way to get healthier is to start slow and keep the junk food in moderation. And the easiest way to get your healthy diet started: Make over your lunch.
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Breakfast is tricky -- you're still half asleep and certainly not up to calculating the calories in your cereal and coffee. And by the time dinner rolls around you just need to eat, and a salad probably isn't going to cut it. But lunch is different. You can make it in advance and take a little time the night before to put together a healthy meal that'll keep you satisfied -- and also help you reach your health goals. And once you're used to making healthy lunches every day, it'll be easier to move onto the other meals and snacks -- and who knows, maybe even kick that Hershey's habit for good.
To help get you started, we looked at five women's normal lunches, then had Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist to celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Fergie, weigh in on how to make them over into good-for-you meals. Check them out to get ideas for your own brown bag makeover.
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