Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

Healthful-living experts share their New Year's resolutions

"My resolution is to love eating, even more consistently than I do now." (Istockphoto)
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By Jennifer LaRue Huget
Thursday, January 14, 2010

When I turned to health and nutrition experts I'd interviewed in the past year for inspiration in formulating my own New Year's resolutions, my cup runneth over. So many responded to my request for ideas for eating more healthfully in the coming year that we decided to devote two editions of this column to sharing them with you. Here's the second. (If you missed last week's column, read it here.)

Linda Bacon, nutrition professor and advocate for the Health at Every Size movement: My resolution is to love eating, even more consistently than I do now. That means putting more effort into being prepared before I get hungry: having delicious food available so I'm less likely to just eat what's around. It also means increased presence: being more attentive and savoring my food, as opposed to eating when I'm distracted or doing other things. It also means cooking and sharing the season's bounty with friends more regularly.

Judith Beck, author of "The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person." Among other things, I will continue to eat one junk food every single day but make sure my other food is healthy, save my junk food for an evening snack, and eat everything sitting down so I can enjoy every bite. (Exception: nibble on raw vegetables as I'm making dinner.) I have been doing these things for many years and thus maintain my weight instead of gaining.

Susan Levin: While I'm excellent at keeping a plant-based diet all year round, I can't help but think I should be consuming more dark leafy green vegetables. These plants are full of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals such as calcium. I am officially committing to eating at least one serving of kale, collards, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or the like every day in 2010.

Dawson MacKay, Bethesda fifth-grader and member of EmpowerME weight-loss program: My New Year's resolution is to continue to be healthy. I will by eating healthier and exercising more and balancing them both out. The biggest thing I'm going to have to work on is going to be portion sizes.

Vanessa Maltin, food and lifestyle editor for Delight magazine: Store-bought gluten-free baked goods are packed with sugar and calories. My goal for 2010 is to figure out healthier homemade alternatives to my favorite sugary treats to cut down on fat and bulk up on nutrients. With a gluten-free wedding coming up, I've got to fit into the dress of my dreams!

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