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What’s Your Weakest Link?

I’m currently at a nutrition conference and in one of the sessions we were discussing how one simple change can have a domino effect that dramatically changes your overall diet. For example, let’s say you have a huge stretch between lunch and dinner – lunch at noon and dinner at 8 pm. This pattern can easily lead to inhaling your entrée and gobbling up way too many calories that you barely have time to burn off before your head hits the pillow. But eating a healthy afternoon snack (say 2 Tbsp of natural peanut or almond butter with a sliced apple or pear) can alter your eating pattern for the rest of the evening.

 

I recently had a client who made this change and instead of ordering take out at 8 pm, she felt energized enough to start making a quick and healthy dinner. Here’s her “before” and “after” :

 

BEFORE:

Dinner: 1 order ginger chicken with broccoli with half the container of brown rice

Calories: 899

 

AFTER:

Dinner: 1.5 cups chopped veggies (broccoli, onions, peppers, carrots) and 8 large shrimp sautéed in 2 Tbsp all natural ginger glaze with a half cup cooked brown rice

Calories: 284

 

Snack: 1 mini babybel cheese, 1 cup red grapes

Calories: 110

 

Total Savings: 505 – plus a whole lot more nutrition!

 

So, what’s your weakest link (skipping breakfast, the afternoon snack attack…)? Please share!

 

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