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Did you ever wonder why women who do not struggle with their weight sometimes seem a little more organized and focused? This could be due to their approach or their everyday habits. Habits both good and bad are learned and can affect your everyday lifestyle. Women especially have to wear many different hats in today’s society which can sometimes wreak havoc on their quest for a healthy lifestyle.
But according to the American Dietetic Association, because of the various phases of our lives, healthy nutrition habits are of utmost importance for women.
“Nutrition plays different roles during different stages of women’s life. During childhood, foods fuel growth. During childbearing years, diet plays a role in fertility, a healthy pregnancy and prevention of chronic disease. During older years, what women eat can help keep minds sharp and bodies strong.”
The organization suggests a well-balanced diet filled with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, low-fat dairy and lean protein.
Just following these nutrition guidelines can help, but it is also important to pay attention to portion control. The ADA says to stick to moderate portions. “If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it's easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy.” They give the examples of 3 ounces of cooked meat which is about the size of a card deck equals one serving.
While whole grains and carbohydrates are important, for carb lovers, keep in mind that one cup of pasta equals two servings, not just one. I suggest sticking to whole wheat or whole grain pastas.
You also want to make sure you are prepared with healthy snacks throughout the day. Waiting to eat until you’re hungry can often result in overindulging. It is important to not skip meals. Your body will react by holding onto more weight as it will be thrown into starvation mode. The most important meal of the day is breakfast. Healthy people with healthy habits, eat breakfast.
According to the Mayo Clinic, what you eat and when you eat clearly affects another very healthy habit, exercise.