What Your Parents Got Wrong About Food

5 Things Your Parents Got Wrong About Food – Dessert as a reward, snacks that wreck your appetite, and other parental nutrition myths.

Full article via What Your Parents Got Wrong About Food.

1. No snacking! You’ll ruin your appetite!  Update: Try cutting back slightly on meals to allow for one or two daily snacks between 100 and 200 calories. Healthy options include nuts, fruit, yogurt, vegetables with dip, or other low-fat, low-sugar, high-fiber options.  “My general rule is going no longer than four hours without eating something, whether a meal or a snack,” 

2. Finish everything on your plate. Update:  “It’s fine to leave a little food over and not eat mindlessly. Get in tune with your body to know when you’ve had enough.”

3. Don’t eat before exercising — you’ll get a cramp.  Update: Choose high-carbohydrate, low-fat, low-fiber snacks with moderate amounts of protein in the 100- to 300-calorie range, such as a glass of chocolate milk, a slice of toast with peanut butter, or a granola bar. Fruit is also fine, although it won’t have much protein. (Add a few nuts for that.)

4. Hurry up!   Update: Make a conscious effort to slow down. 

5. You deserve dessert today! Update: Stop using food as a prize. Instead, reward yourself with a movie, a manicure, or a phone call to a friend. 

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