Health Watch — The Post-holiday Diet: Kitchen Clean-Out

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the post-holiday diet that seems to come with New Year’s resolutions. If you really plan to change the way you eat, you can increase your chances of success by creating the right environment.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the best way to kick off your post-holiday diet is by clearing your kitchen of all fattening or unhealthy foods. That includes leftover Christmas cookies or candy, party food and other tempting treats. Then, go shopping to fill your kitchen with nutritious foods. If good foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and nuts are handy, you’re far more likely to eat them. Instead of feeling deprived from having to remove foods from your diet, focus on adding good foods. Buy a new kind of fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried before or get ingredients for a nutritious new recipe.

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December 2008

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